Turkey steps up pressure on Saudi Arabia over missing journalist

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'We want to see what's going on.

Critics have accused the White House of being slow to react to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and hesitant to criticize the Saudi government, a close partner of the Trump administration. "We don't like it and we're going to get to the bottom of it", he added.

His fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, has been invited to meet Mr Trump in the Oval Office.

"A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are - they are the enemy of the people", he told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2017.

Trump said "it would be a very sad thing" if Khashoggi has been killed and would set a "terrible, awful precedent".

"Everything that we know points to the Saudi government and yet none of us want to jump to conclusions. We can't let this happen". He had hailed his personal friendship with MBS during the crown prince's 20-day visit to Washington in May, making a long presentation to reporters on the Saudi military purchases from the USA valued at more than $12.5 billion.

"Saudi Arabia has never been a bastion for press freedom", Radsch said, but added that Trump's repeated cries of "fake news" and "enemy of the people" have made life risky for reporters around the globe.

"Frankly I think that would be a very very tough pill to swallow for our country".

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"I'm not happy about it", Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which ranks the kingdom 169th out of 180 on its World Press Freedom Index, said in a statement that between 25 and 30 professional and non-professional journalists are now detained in Saudi Arabia.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said national security adviser John Bolton and presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke Tuesday to Crown Prince Mohammed about Khashoggi. Khashoggi contributed columns to the Post, including some critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Twenty-two Republican and Democrat senators sent a letter on Wednesday to the Trump administration to investigate the Khashoggi case by invoking the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016. "I think the tacit encouragement is worse: It's clear he really does not care about human rights at all, even for American residents", Cohen said.

"Reports about Jamal's fate have suggested he was a victim of state-sponsored, cold-blooded murder", said Post publisher and chief executive Fred Ryan.

Trump made Saudi Arabia his first foreign stop as president but in recent weeks has appeared to sour a bit on Riyadh, complaining about the cost of American support for the Saudi military and about oil price increases.

"Hayes offered no evidence to support his conspiracy theory, which came in response to the disappearance of activist Jamal Khashoggi", Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra pointed out.

The Post quoted a Turkish official as saying authorities suspect a 15-member team killed the journalist at the consulate.

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The Washington Post, citing USA intelligence, said the crown prince had ordered an operation to lure Mr Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him. The wealthy former government insider had been living in the U.S.in self-imposed exile.

The journalist fled Saudi Arabia and lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S., after he grew more critical of Mohammed bin Salman for the war in Yemen and the crown prince's crackdown of dissent in the kingdom.

US officials quoted by the Post described the intelligence concerning a Saudi plot to abduct Khashoggi as too vague to trigger a warning to the journalist under longstanding American policy.

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia past year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post. A spokesman for the State Department insisted the USA government had "no advance warning" of Khashoggi's disappearance.

"The U.S. -Saudi relationship is certainly not about shared moral values", House said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday the United States was ready to help in any way in the investigation.

A group of US senators on Wednesday pressured Trump to hold Saudi Arabia, a longtime USA ally in the Middle East, accountable for Khashoggi's fate, possibly calling for sanctions against the kingdom if it finds human rights violations under terms of the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016.

The Turkish newspaper also published the names, faces, and years of birth of each of the 15 intelligence team members.

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