Trump says he’ll call Saudis

Pres­i­dent says he’ll get truth about miss­ing U.S. re­porter

Albany Times Union - - NATION / WORLD - By Zeke Miller and Suzan Fraser

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clared Fri­day the U.S. will un­cover the truth about what hap­pened to jour­nal­ist and U.S. res­i­dent Ja­mal Khashoggi, whose pos­si­ble mur­der at Saudi hands af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing in Is­tan­bul has cap­tured world­wide at­ten­tion. Trump promised to per­son­ally call Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man soon about “the ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion in Turkey.”

“We’re go­ing to find out what hap­pened,” Trump pledged when ques­tioned by re­porters in Cincin­nati where he was head­lin­ing a rally.

Khashoggi, a force­ful critic of the Saudi govern­ment, went miss­ing more than a week ago af­ter en­ter­ing a Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, and Turk­ish of­fi­cials have said they be­lieve he was mur­dered there. U.S. of­fi­cials say they are seek­ing an­swers from the Saudi govern­ment and are not yet ac­cept­ing the Turk­ish govern­ment’s con­clu­sions.

The Saudis have called ac­cu­sa­tions that they are re­spon­si­ble for Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance “base­less.” Widely broad­cast video shows the 59-year-old writer and Wash­ing­ton Post con­trib­u­tor en­ter­ing the con­sulate last Tues­day, but there is none show­ing him leav­ing.

Trump said Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steve Mnuchin will eval­u­ate whether to at­tend a Saudi in­vestor con­fer­ence later this month. Mnuchin said ear­lier Fri­day he still planned to at­tend.

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