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Trump: Pulling out of Saudi arms deal would "be punishing ourselves"

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After a meeting with recently-released American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned by Turkey for two years, President Trump said it was "too early" to conclude what happened to missing reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

The state of play: Trump echoed the sentiments of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, saying that Saudi Arabia has been a good partner. Trump said the administration worked hard for the Saudi arms deal and that pulling out of it would "be punishing ourselves." Though he didn't give specifics, the president said there are other "very powerful" punishments they could do if punishment is required. Go deeper: Khashoggi intrigue: A text from the Saudi ambassador, then silence