Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and royal court insider for decades in Saudi Arabia, had written columns critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the kingdom’s direction while living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. In anlast year, he criticized the princes’s behavior in foreign policy, calling it “impulsive.”
On October 2, he went missing after going to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage.
Turkey is conducting its own investigation into his killing and has promised to publicize its results once the probe is complete.
Saudi Arabia said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials have been fired. President Donald Trump on Friday called the announcement a “good first step” and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response.
Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia’s explanation for Khashoggi’s death was credible, Mr. Trump said, “I do. I do.” But he said before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to the crown prince.
“Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable,” Mr. Trump said.
In a statement Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. will closely follow international investigations into Khashoggi’s death and will advocate for justice that is “timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process.”