Jamal Khashoggi's death was pre-planned and was not spontaneous or an accident, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday in a highly anticipated speech, which flat-out denied Saudi Arabia's claim that the journalist's killing was not premeditated.
Speaking on Tuesday at the Oval Office, the USA leader criticised the country's long-term ally for one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".
Trump has previously called Saudi versions credible and sent conflicting signals on how the US should respond, last week calling the journalist's killing "very bad" but repeatedly emphasizing that he didn't want to endanger USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Saudi investment in the USA or the American alliance with the kingdom.
Saudi officials originally said Khashoggi, who entered the diplomatic mission on Oct 2, had left unharmed, before announcing Friday he was killed inside the building in what they described as an altercation.
In his remarks to reporters at the White House, Trump derided the initial Saudi denial of any wrongdoing and efforts to hide what happened to Khashoggi.
Trump has repeatedly declined to say if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind or aware of the killing as many US officials and foreign governments have concluded, in part because numerous crown prince's associates were involved in the killing.
We reiterate our expectation for a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation by Saudi Arabia, in full collaboration with the Turkish authorities, and a full and rigorous accounting of the circumstances surrounding Mr Khashoggi's death.
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But US and allied intelligence reporting that details any specific instructions the crown prince might have issued about the Khashoggi incident is not conclusive, the sources said.
"These penalties will not be the last word on the matter", he said. "Neither the president or I am happy with this situation".
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said Khashoggi had died in a rogue operation.
Gina Haspel, the then-nominee for the CIA Director post, testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, May 9, 2018. He said that Saudi Arabia "has been a really great ally" and one of America's "biggest investors".
Erdogan said Saudi teams made explorations in the city's Belgrad Forest and the northwestern province of Yalova before murdering Khashoggi.
He said: "We're going to get to the bottom of it".
"Neither the Vienna Convention nor other global laws allow the investigation into such a brutal murder to be cloaked behind the shield of diplomatic immunity", the president said. Outcry at the shifting plot line continued to grow after Saudi state media claimed on Saturday that Khashoggi was strangled to death amid a fistfight with 15 Saudi operatives. Conference attendees greeted the crown prince with a standing ovation, The New York Times reported. "The conscience of humanity will only be satisfied once everybody is called into account, from those who gave the orders to those who carried them out".
"They are coming back tonight and tomorrow and I will know very soon".