United States officials have not confirmed Turkish claims that Khashoggi, a USA resident and one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son Prince Mohammed, had been lured to the consulate and murdered by a team of 15 government operatives sent by Riyadh to Istanbul.
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he has suspended his role on the board of Saudi Arabia's planned mega city NEOM until more is known about Khashoggi.
Pence did not indicate that either Turkey, which has launched an intensive investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, or Saudi Arabia has sought USA assistance. "It is a awful thing", Mr. Trump said, about whether he believed the Saudi government had authorized the killing of Khashoggi.
Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other US diplomats have been engaged on the issue and that Trump himself - he said Tuesday he "knows nothing" about what happened to Khashoggi - intends to speak to the Saudis.
She said he did not think the Saudis could force him to stay at the consulate, adding: 'He did not believe that something bad could happen on Turkish soil. He also said that the GOP is going to fare "very well" in the midterm elections.
A week after the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, details about what happened to him at the Saudi consulate are beginning to emerge, along with indications that the USA had information of a Saudi plot against him.
Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, which dismisses as baseless accusations that it killed or abducted Khashoggi, faces growing criticism from Western allies including London and Washington over the affair.
About two hours later Aksam showed two vehicles, one of them a black Mercedes Vito van with tinted windows and diplomatic plates, leaving the consulate and entering the auto park of the residence shortly afterwards. The channel said the van then drove some two kilometres to the consul's home, where it parked inside a garage.
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Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, Sabah reported, adding the police were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped.
Saudi Arabia remained silent as the images, though not offering definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate, played across television networks in Turkey and around the world.
A pro-government Turkish newspaper has published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on board two private jets the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing.
Nour told Middle East Eye on Wednesday that, in the wake of the disappearence of Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, critical voices like Nour's - who also lives in Turkey - were at risk of being silenced.
Turkey's Sabah newspaper reports that it has identified 15 members of an intelligence team it says was involved in the Saudi's disappearance.
Britain's foreign minister called for urgent answers and the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, who has seen classified intelligence on the case, said information pointed to Khashoggi being killed.
In an essay in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Cengiz implored the president and Melania Trump to "help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".
The Saudi-born writer disappeared after walking into the consulate on October 2, and Turkish officials believe he was killed and his body removed from the building.
Corker said that when he had asked for the CCTV footage inside the consulate, the Saudi ambassador had claimed that there was no footage because "they only livestream their tapes".