Oct 15, 2018 - Politics & Policy
Trump says Saudi king denied "any knowledge" about Khashoggi
President Trump tweeted Monday morning that he had spoken to — and will send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with — King Salman of Saudi Arabia about Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist suspected to have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen.' He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!"
The big picture: The Saudi government has agreed to allow Turkish authorities to search the consulate as early as Monday afternoon, per the WashPost. The escalating international rift has massive financial implications and has caused a number of companies to back away from doing business with the Saudis until more answers are provided.