President Trump acknowledged that Turkey shared a tape of dissident Jamal Khashoggi being killed contained in the Saudi consulate however mentioned he declined to take heed to the “vicious” recording as a result of he’s been briefed on its content material.

“It’s a horrible tape. I’ve been absolutely briefed on it, there’s no motive for me to listen to it, the truth is I mentioned to the individuals ought to I?,” he informed “Fox Information Sunday” in an interview that aired Sunday. “They mentioned: “you actually shouldn’t, there’s no motive.” I do know precisely – I do know every part that went on within the tape with out having to listen to it.”

Host Chris Wallace requested what occurred on the tape.

“It was very violent, very vicious and horrible,” Trump replied.

The president additionally mentioned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has assured him that he wasn’t concerned within the journalist’s loss of life regardless of information experiences saying the CIA has concluded that the royal ordered the killing.

“Effectively, he informed me that he had nothing to do with it, he informed me that I’d say perhaps 5 occasions at completely different factors,” Trump mentioned.

However Wallace pressed him on whether or not he’s sticking by the prince as a result of Saudi Arabia is a crucial US ally within the Center East.

“Effectively, will anyone actually know? All proper, will anyone actually know? However he did have definitely people who have been fairly near him and near him that have been in all probability concerned,” he mentioned.

The president famous that the US has imposed sanctions on the Saudis concerned in killing Khashoggi, who was murdered shortly after getting into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

“However on the similar time we do have an ally and I need to persist with an ally that in some ways has been excellent,” Trump mentioned.

CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed Trump in regards to the prince’s connection to Khashoggi’s homicide aboard Air Pressure One on Saturday because the president headed to California to fulfill with officers in regards to the wildfires.

Regardless of experiences saying the CIA has proof of the prince’s involvement, the State Division mentioned the “ultimate conclusions are inaccurate.”

In the meantime, Turkey’s protection minister mentioned Khashoggi’s killers could have taken his dismembered physique out of Turkey in baggage after he was murdered.

“One likelihood is that they left the nation three to 4 hours after committing the homicide. They could have taken out Khashoggi’s dismembered corpse inside baggage with out going through issues on account of their diplomatic immunity,” Turkish Protection Minister Hulusi Akar mentioned, in response to Reuters.

Turkey has mentioned that Khashoggi, whose writings for the Washington Put up have been important of the crown prince, was killed after which dismembered by a “clear up” workforce of Saudi officers.

Two groups of 15 individuals arrived in Istanbul the day Khashoggi, 59, went to the consulate to retrieve paperwork wanted to marry his fiancee on non-public planes from Riyadh. They left later that day.

Saudi has provided conflicting accounts of what occurred to Khashoggi earlier than lastly admitting that he was killed in a brawl after the officers tried to return him to the dominion.

They contend that the crown prince was unaware of the operation.

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