President Donald Trump said he is concerned about the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist in Istanbul, the latest sign of the White House’s frustration with a key Middle Eastern ally.
Jamal Khashoggi, a vocal government critic, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city on Oct. 2. His fiancée, who first raised the alarm, said he never came out. Turkish authorities concluded he was likely killed in the consulate, an allegation the Saudi government has strongly denied, dispatching its own team of investigators to assist the Turkish probe.
His disappearance is the latest diplomatic crisis to roil the kingdom, complicating efforts by the monarchy to promote the image of a new Saudi Arabia that is more open to the world and eager for foreign investment. It also spells complications for the Trump administration, whose interest in developing close ties with Saudi Arabia was underscored by the president’s decision to make it his first foreign visit in office.
“I don’t like hearing about it,” Trump said in Washington on Monday. “Hopefully that will sort itself out. Right now, nobody knows anything about it, but there’s some pretty bad stories going around. I do not like it.”
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