What is Erdogan's end-game with Khashoggi accusations?

What is Erdogan's end-game with Khashoggi accusations?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudi officials arrived in Turkey the day before Khashoggi went to the consulate October 2 to do some paperwork for his upcoming marriage.

Trump said: "Once they thought about it, everything else they did was bad too".

Saudi officials have claimed Khashoggi died accidentally during a fight at the consulate, but Turkish officials said a team of 15 men tortured, killed and dismembered Khashoggi and alleged Saudi officials planned his murder for days.

That leaves open questions such as whether the Saudi operation in Istanbul was always meant to result in Khashoggi's death or whether the original plan was to kidnap and transport him to Saudi Arabia.

Critics have alleged that the arrests are created to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir-apparent, of any responsibility for Khashoggi's death.

"We're all meeting tomorrow afternoon", Trump said during a meeting with military leaders early Tuesday evening.

But despite his criticism of the Saudi explanation, the U.S. vice-president would not say on Tuesday whether the United States believes Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was involved in what happened to Khashoggi.

"I know that from a certain standpoint, you can also say, well, it doesn't matter, because it is a awful thing".

Naturally, one of the most asked about subjects was the situation with Saudi Arabia and Turkey following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and subsequent attempts to cover it up, which Trump said was one of the "worst" ever.

Shortly before Pompeo's remarks, President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that Saudi Arabia's operation was one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

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"These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States".

Gina Haspel, the then-nominee for the CIA Director post, testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, May 9, 2018. Look, Saudi Arabia's been a really great ally.

The president insisted he needed all the facts, however, before he would comment on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's assertion on Tuesday that Khashoggi's murder was premeditated.

"Neither the Vienna Convention nor other worldwide laws allow the investigation into such a brutal murder to be cloaked behind the shield of diplomatic immunity", the president said.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was a USA resident and columnist for The Washington Post. "$450 billion. I think that's over a million jobs, a million to- over a million jobs".

Calling Khashoggi "the victim of a savage murder", Erdogan said that ignoring the murder would "hurt the human conscience".

A team of Saudi agents began arriving in Turkey the day before Khashoggi was killed, and cameras at the consulate were removed, Erdogan.

The crown prince has denied any involvement.

"They are coming back tonight and tomorrow and I will know very soon".

Speaking in the House of Commons, Hunt said the British government condemned the murder of the journalist "in the strongest possible terms" and expressed concerns that his "horrific treatment was inflicted by people who work for a government with whom we have close relations".

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