Trump dismisses UN request to investigate Khashoggi’s murder

Trump dismisses UN request to investigate Khashoggi’s murder”

President Trump downplayed the need for the FBI to launch an investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi after a United Nations' report blamed Saudi Arabia for killing the journalist a year ago in Turkey.

The probe by the UN's expert on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, called on the worldwide community to impose tougher sanctions on Saudi officials - including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's effective ruler - and for both the United Nations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to launch criminal investigations into the slaying.

Khashoggi died after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

According to The Washington Post reports, when asked whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be ordered to probe the case, as the United Nations has suggested, Trump said, "I think it's been heavily investigated", adding, "I've seen so many different reports".

Khashoggi, who had been living within the US, criticized the Saudi royal family in his writings.

Pressure is mounting on the United States to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder in the wake of a United Nations report that offers one of the most comprehensive accounts yet of his killing.

Trump made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview aired on Sunday with NBC News' Meet the Press.

Khashoggi, 59, was a U.S. resident who wrote for the Washington Post.

The president said the Center East is a "vicious, hostile put" and that Iran and varied countries within the reveal are also responsible of the form of behaviour Saudi Arabia has been accused of taking part in.

Trump dismissed the murder in the first place over fears of "over $100 billion" in arms sales, and is now saying they're going to spend $400 billion to $450 billion "over a period of time, all money, all jobs". "I mean... I've seen so many different reports". "Look at Iran, look at other countries, I won't mention names", he said. He was killed and dismembered after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October past year, seeking paperwork he needed in order to marry.The UN report contains disturbing details of conversations between unidentified Saudis before and after Khashoggi's arrival, based on transcripts provided by Turkish authorities.

Todd asked if he was willing to overlook Saudi's behavior as long as they kept their wallet open. Trump, however, said that the murder "really didn't come up" in their conversation.

"There is high confidence that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia butchered a dissident with a bone saw", Sen.

The Senate voted final week to block the Trump administration from promoting palms to Saudi Arabia.

The President also suggested that getting Saudi Arabia's business is prioritised over any punishment to the Saudi government for Khashoggi's killing. "And by the way, if they don't do business with us, you know what they do?"

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