USA treasury secretary wavers over Saudi trip after Khashoggi disappearance

Another United States Senator Comments On WWE's Involvement With Saudi Arabia

Another United States Senator Comments On WWE's Involvement With Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia on Sunday threatened to retaliate for any sanctions imposed against it after President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if it is responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Veteran Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared over a week ago while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, sparking an worldwide uproar involving the kingdom, Turkey and the United States that remains unresolved until today.

Turkish officials say they fear a team of Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, and have released surveillance footage of the alleged perpetrators and mysterious movements outside the consulate on October 2, the day he entered.

"I will be also calling King Salman of Saudi Arabia, because I think it's appropriate for me to ask him what is going on", he said.

Branson, who dropped two directorships linked to Saudi tourism projects around the Red Sea, said claims about Khashoggi's disappearance would "change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government".

Meanwhile, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told ABC News on Sunday that US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is "intending to go" to the conference at the moment, but "will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces".

Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the United States and had criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns written for The Washington Post.

Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are important United States allies in the region.

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Turkey on Saturday stepped up pressure on Saudi Arabia by accusing the kingdom of failing to cooperate with a probe into the journalist's disappearance.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Trump made a point of visiting the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia. "We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities". His administration has been on friendly terms with the Gulf regional power since taking office, supporting the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen and brokering an arms deal that could be worth $110 billion over the next decade.

Jamal Khashoggi, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he attended Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul last week.

Kudlow on "This Week" underscored Trump's saying that the U.S.is being "very tough" in its investigation of what happened to Khashoggi, who has recently been living in the USA and who went into the consulate for documents he needed to get married.

"What has been circulating about orders to kill (Khashoggi) are lies and baseless allegations against the government of the kingdom, which is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with global laws and conventions", Prince Abdulaziz said.

He also voiced appreciation for the positions of Saudi Arabia, "which has always supported -and still does - our just cause and the rights of our people".

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

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