No reason to hear Khashoggi murder recording - U.S. President
U.S. President Donald Trump declared that Turkey shared a tape of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but said he declined to listen to the “vicious” recording because he had been briefed on its content.
"We have the tape, I don't want to hear the tape, no reason for me to hear the tape," Trump said in the interview broadcast on Fox News Sunday.
Asked about the reason why he did not want to hear the recordings, Trump replied that, it was a suffering tape, and there was no reason to listen to it since CIA director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed him.
The president also said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had assured him that he wasn’t involved in the journalist’s death despite news reports saying the CIA has concluded that the royal ordered the killing.
“Well, he told me that he had nothing to do with it, he told me that I would say maybe five times at different points,” Trump said.
The president noted that the United States had imposed sanctions on the Saudis involved in killing Khashoggi.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s defence minister said Khashoggi’s killers might have taken his dismembered body out of Turkey in luggage after he was murdered.
“One probability is that they left the country three to four hours after committing the murder. They may have taken out Khashoggi’s dismembered corpse inside luggage without facing problems due to their diplomatic immunity,” CNN Turk cited the Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as saying.
Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, sparking global outrage against the kingdom and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.