"Unless the miracle of all miracles happens, I would acknowledge that he's dead", Trump told New York Times reporters inside the Oval Office shortly before speaking to the press at Joint Base Andrews. "That's based on everything - intelligence coming from every side". The Saudis have dismissed those reports as baseless but have yet to explain what happened to Khashoggi, who was seen on video entering the consulate on October 2 but has not been seen since.
United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said secretary-general Guterres remains very concerned about Khashoggi's fate and "has repeatedly called for the truth to come out in this situation". Riyadh strongly denies the allegations and said it is investigating the disappearance of the journalist, who was critical of Saudi rulers, calling for reforms.
Trump said he was waiting for the results so that "we can get to the bottom of this very soon" and that he would be making a statement about it at some point. "But we'll see what happens".
The four organizations said an global investigation should probe Saudi Arabia's role and aim to identify everyone responsible for ordering, planning and executing any operations related to Khashoggi's disappearance.
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After that, "we can make a decision about how the United States should respond to the issues surrounding Mr Khashoggi", Pompeo told reporters.
"Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent", he said yesterday.
Pompeo stressed that the USA and Saudi Arabia have important links, including working on countering Iran.
US Treasury Secretary Seven Mnuchin announced that he would not be attending an investment conference in Saudi Arabia.
Cabinet ministers, federal officials and embassy staff will skip the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, which is sometimes referred to as "Davos in the Desert", a senior government insider said Thursday.
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Kushner was already facing blowback for his close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is believed to be implicated in the plot against Khashoggi.
Donald Trump admitted it's likely a missing Saudi journalist is dead - and has warned punishment "will be very severe" for those responsible. A "farm house or villa" may have been used for the disposal of remains, the official said.
Turkish officials have yet to release any evidence in the case, although forensic teams have searched both the consulate and the Saudi consul general's residence.
The pro-government Sabah newspaper published photos of a man it claimed to be someone who travels with the Saudi crown prince.
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