President Donald Trump said the USA would be punishing itself if it halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the suspected murder of a journalist and American resident on the kingdom's consulate in Turkey.
Trump's hesitation to strike back at the kingdom reflects close ties the White House has nurtured with the nation's de facto ruler, the crown prince, and his administration's acquiescence to other Saudi actions that have drawn worldwide condemnation.
"There's a lot at stake, there's a lot at stake", Trump tells Stahl.
We're looking into it very seriously.
Saudi Arabia has denied the accusations and said in previous statements that Khashoggi exited the consulate after his business there was conducted.
Turkish sources said the initial assessment of the police was that Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, had been deliberately killed inside the consulate.
"You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered".
Earlier, Turkish newspaper Sabah reported the missing Saudi journalist recorded the consulate episode on his smartwatch and the "interrogation, torture and possible killing was recorded and automatically sent to both his iPhone and cloud account".
Trump signaled that cutting off USA military sales to the kingdom may not be an option, saying, "I don't want to hurt jobs".
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International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Saturday she was "horrified" by reports about the Saudi dissident's fate, while US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed "concern".
"I don't like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the USA because. they're going to take that money and spend it in Russian Federation or China", Trump said, referring to a United States arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
The Post cited officials as saying that Turkish officials were wary of releasing the recordings, fearing they could divulge how the Turks spy on foreign entities in their country.
"The answer is for now I am" still going, Mnuchin said.
"He said, 'See you later my darling, ' and went in", she told the AP.
Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.
I had high hopes for the current government in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and it is why I was delighted to accept two directorships in the tourism projects around the Red Sea.
SPA said on Friday that Saudi Arabia's interior minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, condemned the "lies and baseless allegations" against the kingdom, although he praised the joint investigation with Turkey.