Endeavor Considers Withdrawing From Saudi Arabia Deal

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2018

President Donald Trump, who along with Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, has embraced the crown prince as a close and crucial partner in the administration's Middle East strategy, said Monday that King Salman had denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, and that he was sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the Saudi leader. Trump said, "He didn't really know".

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate by Saudi agents almost two weeks ago but Riyadh has always strongly denied this.

President Trump tweeted Monday morning that he had spoken by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and that the king "denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened" to Khashoggi.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports that Jamal Khashoggi's death will be confessed to by Riyadh - a move that would mark a stunning reversal following King Salman's denial that the writer was killed under the watch of Saudi Arabian officials.

The comments marked a break from the Trump administration's previous refusal to speculate over the fate of Khashoggi and came as the U.S. president is under growing pressure to take action on the case.

In a joint statement, the nations called for a "complete and detailed response" from Saudi Arabia. This created a major diplomatic crisis for the kingdom, with mounting evidence that the Saudis were involved fueling a growing outcry from foreign governments, USA lawmakers and the Trump administration.

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The president provided no evidence to back his comment.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, an official said: "The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow declined to speculate on what Trump might do after the president promised "severe punishment" in a "60 Minutes" interview, if the USA determines that Khashoggi was indeed killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi's body was reportedly dismembered and smuggled out of the consulate building.

"Turkey has not been our ally lately", Lieberman said.

Saudi Telecom are their longest running commercial partner and a year ago United entered into a "strategic partnership" with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia which involves United "lending its business and sporting expertise to clubs, sporting authorities and individuals in Saudi Arabia".

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