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President Donald Trump has said if Saudi Arabia was involved in the journalist's disappearance there would be

President Donald Trump has said if Saudi Arabia was involved in the journalist's disappearance there would be"severe

But, he said, the Saudi intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself in secretive operations.

The case has provoked an global outcry against Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, with more media and business executives pulling out of a planned investment conference there this month.

Diplomatic pressure is growing on the Saudis to give a fuller explanation.

Mr Trump has said his administration won a $110 billion military order from Saudi Arabia and that the deal, combined with Saudi commitments to invest heavily in the United States, was worth hundreds of thousands of USA jobs.

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They provided no further details.

Saudi officials are expected to claim that the mission was initiated to interrogate Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the government, not to kill him. Saudi officials previously have called the allegations "baseless", but reports in USA media on Tuesday suggested the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed there.

White House reporter for CBS Kathryn Watson said Trump has told reporters Pompeo will leave "within an hour". "Pointing out that US President Donald Trump had expressed anger after oil reached $80 a barrel, he asked readers to imagine what it would be like if it oil jumped to "$100, or $200, or even double that figure".

Senator Richard Blumenthal in a tweet alleged that Trump is giving the Saudis a pass on Khashoggi murder maybe because he continues to benefit from Saudi rentals, hotel bookings and other payments to the Trump Organisation. "Determining what happened to Jamal Khashoggi is something of great importance to the president", she said. Pompeo is expected to go to Riyadh and later visit Turkey.

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Investigators entered the building in Istanbul on Monday afternoon - first a Saudi team followed roughly an hour later by Turkish forensic police.

Turkish officials have said that two private planes carrying 15 Saudi operatives flew to Turkey and the men were seen arriving at the consulate shortly before Khashoggi entered the compound. It said one of the sources told them that the intention was to abduct Khashoggi and it had not been authorized by the Saudi government.

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be hard, but we believe we will obtain evidence", a Turkish official told Reuters. Permission apparently came after a late Sunday-night call between King Salman and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

However, he told CBS News on Saturday that the USA was investigating the case which he called "really bad and disgusting" and that "there will be severe punishment". European allies have urged accountability for those responsible.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Turkish counterpart Khashoggi's disappearance remains "deeply concerning". A day earlier he called on Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Ambassador to the United States.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, a Turkish forensics team completed a search inside the consulate.

Following Riyadh's assertion it would retaliate, Britain, France and Germany released a joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness".

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