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Jamal Khashoggi: Trump for severe punishment but opposes cancelling $110 bn arms deal

Trump, however, opposed the idea of cancelling the mega $110 billion arms deal with Riyadh, saying this will hurt American companies and jobs

Washington: US President Donald Trump has vowed “severe punishment” if was behind the disappearance of its dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who is feared killed at the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey.

Trump, however, opposed the idea of cancelling the mega $110 billion arms deal with Riyadh, saying this will hurt American companies and jobs.

His remarks came amidst mounting pressure as reports coming out of suggest that Khashoggi was brutally killed by Saudi officials inside their consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi, 59, a Washington Post contributor, had gone there to collect some papers for his marriage.

“Well, there’s a lot at stake. And maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There’s something– you’ll be surprised to hear me say that. There’s something really terrible and disgusting about that if that were the case. So we’re gonna have to see. We’re going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment,” Trump told CBS News.

Trump resisted the move to take steps that would harm the United States itself.

“It depends on what the sanction is. I’ll give an example. They are ordering military equipment. Everybody in the world wanted that order. Russia wanted it, China wanted it, we wanted it. We got it,” he said.

“I tell you what I don’t wanna do. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, all these companies, I don’t wanna hurt jobs. I don’t wanna lose an order like that. There are other ways of punishing, to use a word that’s a pretty harsh word, but it’s true,” he said in response to the question.

The matter is still being investigated and has been claiming that Khashoggi left its Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish investigative agencies, according to reports, claim that they have audio and video evidence which indicated that the journalist was brutally killed inside the consulate. The US has sought information from Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Britain, France and Germany insisted that “light must be shed” on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance.

In a joint statement, Britain’s foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany’s Heiko Maas said whoever was responsible for the Saudi journalist’s disappearance must be held to account.

 warned Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over Khashoggi’s disappearance, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.

From tech tycoons to giants, a host of Western companies are now distancing themselves from the state, imperilling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s much-hyped economic reform drive.

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