Speaking again on the subject of Khashoggi, President Trump emphasized the importance of maintaining the US's business relationship with the Saudis, and added that the public would hear the full story of what happened by "the end of the week." Trump added that the US "needs Saudi Arabia's help" in the fight against terrorism. Trump also said he has requested the audio tapes that the Turkish government claims to have which should prove that Khashoggi was murdered "if they exist."
Meanwhile, after his meeting with Turkish officials in Ankara, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to speculate about whether Khashoggi was alive or dead.
"I don't want to talk about any of the facts. They didn't want to either," Pompeo said.
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Update (8 am ET): Speaking with reporters during his trip to Turkey, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated his comments about the Saudis promising a "thorough, transparent" investigation that will be conducted "in a timely fashion."
"They told me they were going to conduct a thorough, complete, transparent investigation" and made a commitment to holding anyone connected to any wrongdoing accountable, Pompeo told reporters Wednesday as he headed to Turkey, where the journalist was last seen entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Nobody from the Trump administration has responded to the latest explosive allegations about Khashoggi's death, though it's worth noting that Turkish officials who have spurred claims about Saudi's role in Khashoggi's disappearance haven't produced any tangible evidence - though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised a "thorough" investigation.