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Disappearance of Saudi journalist

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Added On October 17, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the disappearance and alleged death of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
 
Speaking to the media at the White House's South Lawn before departing to Florida, Trump said that he had talked for about 20 minutes with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,who denied having any information about Khashoggi's case.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): DONALD TRUMP, US president
The King told me that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are working hand-in-hand, very closely, on getting to the bottom of what happened. So we‘ll see what happens. The King firmly denied any knowledge of it. He didn’t really know. Maybe -- I don't want to get into his mind -- but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?  We’re going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon. But his (words) were a flat denial."
 
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that Khashoggi was not a U.S. citizen and that he was "immediately" sending the Secretary of State to meet with Saudi Arabia's King.
 
 
A Saudi team of 15 people met with Turkish authorities at Istanbul's security headquarters Monday morning, hours before a Turkish search team entered the Saudi consulate Monday afternoon. According to local media, the Turkish team included police officers, crime scene investigators and a forensic van.
 
Meanwhile, Turkish police increased security measures around the area and sealed off the entrance to the mission.
 
Turkey and Saudi Arabia agreed last week to work together on the case and conduct a joint search in the consulate, where Khashoggi was last seen on October 2.