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U.S. Working on the Jamal Khashoggi Case With Turkish and Saudi Officials, Trump Says

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday said American investigators are working with Turkish and Saudi officials to determine what happened to a Washington Post journalist believed to have been killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Mr. Trump said he and his administration are “looking at it very, very seriously.”

“We want to find out what happened,” Mr. Trump said on Thursday morning in an interview with Fox & Friends. “He went in and it doesn’t look like he came out.”

The journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has not been seen since Oct. 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials suspect a Saudi hit squad killed and dismembered Mr. Khashoggi.

Saudi officials have said that Mr. Khashoggi left the consulate on his own later that day and that they do not know what happened to him after that.

American intelligence agencies captured communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to draw Mr. Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, a former senior American official said.

Despite the possible Saudi involvement in the disappearance and possible murder of Mr. Khashoggi, which has been widely condemned internationally, American relations with Saudi Arabia are “excellent,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump said he expected to have more information about what happened to Mr. Khashoggi soon.

“We don’t like it,” Mr. Trump said. “I don’t like it. No good.”

Noah Weiland contributed reporting.

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