A team of investigators entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Monday for what Turkish officials called a joint inspection of the building where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared almost two weeks ago.
President Donald Trump on Monday seemed to indicate that he's buying the Saudi government's blanket denial of being responsible for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mr Trump told reporters outside the White House as he headed to Florida to review hurricane damage.
Trump says he doesn't "want to get" into King Salman's mind, but says, "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers". "Who knows?" the president said, describing the situation as "terrible".
"Trump's intense bromance with MBS is bad news because when you set no boundaries on an oppressive regime, they are always going to ask themselves, 'How much can we get away with here?'" Oliver said.
A joint Turkish and Saudi inspection of the consulate is planned for today.
Saudi Arabia has called the accusations "baseless". However, the Turkish leadership has so far refrained from pointing the finger directly at Riyadh in public comments.
Turkish and Saudi law enforcement officials started to conduct a joint inspection of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul yesterday as Daily Sabah went to press, almost two weeks after the disappearance of Khashoggi.
Either a family friend, a Saudi-owned company or the state's sovereign wealth fund could bid for the Glazer family's private shares in the club valued at nearly £3billion, the report said.
The official Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed government source Sunday as saying, "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".
Saudi officials have strongly denied any involvement in his disappearance and say that he left the consulate soon after arriving.
Britain, France and Germany also demanded a "credible investigation".
Trump said he'd made clear the stakes.
The former USA official claimed that it would be inconceivable that the Saudis would run such an operation without the knowledge of the day-to-day decision maker, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on late Sunday held a phone talk with the Saudi King to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance, when he urged Saudi Arabia to explain Khashoggi's fate and provide evidence that Khashoggi exited the building after entering. In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe.
Saudi Arabia has pledged to economically retaliate for any US punitive action.
The case has provoked an global outcry against Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, with more media and business executives pulling out of a planned investment conference there this month.