US President Donald Trump has for the first time, acknowledged that the saudi Arabian Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared two weeks ago, in the Consulate of his country in Istanbul, Turkey and whose fate remains unknown, probably dead.

“It looks,” said Trump in a statement to journalists in Washington. “It is very sad.”

Should be in Saudi Arabia for the death of the journalists responsible would have to follow it “very serious” consequences, so Trump. He described the operations as “bad stuff” (a bad thing), but you’ll see what happens. We will have to await the outcome of the ongoing investigations in the case. He expected soon with answers.

Jamal Khashoggi, wrote, among other things, as a columnist for the “Washington Post” and had the power to commander-in-chief criticized in his home country of Saudi Arabia again and again, wanted to at the 2. October, in the Consulate in Istanbul papers to pick up and has disappeared since then. The Turkish authorities believe that he was murdered by a from Saudi Arabia-travelled special command.

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The Saudi Royal family denies any responsibility. Trump had taken the leadership in Riyadh earlier in the protection and left it up to now, the saudi Arabian leadership to investigate the case of even – even though the powerful crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the internationally widespread suspicion of the murder of the government-critical journalists, arranged.

Pompeo wants to give the Riad “a few days”

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday after his return from a Visit to Riyadh and Ankara, the saudi Arabian leadership had him, “says a full, thorough investigation”. He said, therefore, Trump that “, we should give them a few days to complete”.

The case, Khashoggi is for Trump extremely sensitive, since it relies for its action against Iran and for a solution to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, in close cooperation with Riyadh. Also Saudi Arabia is a massive buyer of U.S. defense goods.

On the report question of possible sanctions against Riad because of the Case of Khashoggi, the US President, on Thursday said the reaction had to be “very strictly”. However, Trump had argued in the days before against a stop of the U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia. This would bring a lot of money, and secured Jobs in the United States, he said.

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For Saudi Arabia to interpret due to Khashoggis disappearance of the already serious consequences. More and more sizes from economy and policy to say, for example, its participation in an investor conference next week in Riyadh. The US Bank Goldman Sachs reported to have no representatives there. The media group, Fox Business Network pulled back as a Sponsor of the event, and also US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said.