WASHINGTON – President Trump said American investigators are working with Turkish and Saudi officials to determine what happened to a Washington Post journalist who is believed to have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Mr. Trump said that he and his administration are "looking at him very, very seriously".
"We want to find out what happened," Trump said on Thursday in an interview with Fox & Friends. "He came in and did not seem to come out."
The journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has not been seen since October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials suspect that a Saudi team has killed and dismembered Mr. Khashoggi inside the consulate.
Mr. Trump said he expected more information about what happened to Mr. Khashoggi soon.
"We do not like it," Trump said of the suspicion that Khashoggi was lured by the Saudi embassy and killed. "I do not like it.
US intelligence agencies have captured Saudi officials' communications by discussing a plan to bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then arrest him, said a former senior American official.
Mr Khashoggi is a citizen of Saudi Arabia and has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year While I was in Istanbul last week, Mr. Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate to obtain a document that he needed to marry his Turkish girlfriend, Hatice Cengiz.
Mr Trump made Saudi Arabia a focal point of his Middle East policy.The president's senior son-in-law, Jared Kushner, developed a close relationship with the hereditary prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, raising questions about what will come of that alliance if it becomes clear that Prince Mohammed has been involved in Istanbul operation
The leading role of Prince Mohammed in Saudi Arabia has already raised the eyebrows of the international community. Almost a year ago, the Saudi government began to lock up influential businessmen in an anti-corruption campaign. Businessmen have been released but are monitored by the government through the ankle bracelets they must wear.
Noah Weiland contributed to the report.