Foreign media said U.S. President Trump said Oct. 13 that even if Saudi journalist Jamal Kashuji was found murdered in the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, the United States would "punish" itself by stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
To abandon arms sales is to punish oneself.
Trump, who has close ties with Saudi Arabia, is facing international and domestic pressure to help find out what happened to Kashuji and punish Saudi Arabia if the investigation reveals that the Saudi government ordered the killing of him.
Some U.S. lawmakers say Washington should stop the sale of arms to Riyadh if the allegations surrounding the Kashuji incident prove true. But Trump firmly opposed this.
Trump told reporters at the White House: "In fact, I think if we do that, we will be punishing ourselves."
"We can take a lot of other very, very strong and very powerful measures, and we will take them," he said.
According to American law, Congress can prevent arms sales to foreign countries.
Reported that Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon companies and other major U.S. defense contractors are the beneficiaries of Washington and Riyadh close ties, revoking major arms sales agreements will affect them.
Trump said Oct. 13 that the U.S. government received $110 billion in arms orders from Saudi Arabia, a deal that, together with Saudi commitment to invest heavily in the United States, is equivalent to hundreds of thousands of jobs.
"If they don't buy from us, they will buy from Russia, or from China," he said. Think about it, 110 billion dollars. All they have to do is give orders to other countries, and I think it would be foolish to do so.
US President Trump said on October 13 that he wanted to keep an arms agreement with Saudi Arabia amounting to $110 billion.
Trump said that if the United States withdraws from the agreement, Russia and China will seize the opportunity to enter and sell their own arms, resulting in potential job losses in the United States.
He said, "this is the best equipment in the world. But if they don't buy from us, they will buy from Russia, from China, or from other countries.
Trump called it the "largest order ever signed" and said it would support 450,000 jobs in the United States.
He said: "for our enterprises, this is a huge order. From the perspective of economic development, this is indeed a huge order. "
The promise will "severely punish" Saudi Arabia.
U.S. President Trump said the United States would impose "severe punishment" on Saudi Arabia if it was confirmed that Saudi agents had killed Washington Post writer Kashuji. He claimed that the journalist's suspected victimization was "horrible and disgusting".
Trump said in a recent interview broadcast on the morning of October 13 that the incident was under investigation and Saudi Arabia denied involvement, despite growing evidence that the Saudi regime was involved in the disappearance of Kashuji.
"Oh, no one knows yet, but we may be able to find out," Trump told CBS's "60 Minutes" reporter Leslie Starr. The full coverage of the interview is scheduled to be broadcast on the evening of October 14th.
Trump added: "we will look into the matter thoroughly, and Saudi Arabia will face severe punishment."
The Saudi government issued a statement on the morning of October 13 condemning and attacking "false allegations circulated in the media concerning the alleged links between the Saudi government and other personnel and the disappearance of Kashuji".
According to Deutsche Presse on October 13, U.S. President Trump promised that if the Saudi leadership is the messenger behind the disappearance of journalist Kashuji, the kingdom will face "severe punishment".
Asked if Kashuji had been killed by the Saudi government, Trump said: "The matter is under investigation and is receiving very, very strong attention. If the Saudi government ordered the killing of KASH, we would be very uneasy and angry.
He said: "as of now, they deny this, and they strongly deny it. Is it possible that they did it? It's possible. "
Reported that Kashuji is an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, he has been included in the "Washington Post" and other Western media articles.
In addition, according to Deutsche Presse on October 13, U. S. President Trump said that Saudi journalist Kashuji may have been killed.
"The first thing we want is that he wasn't killed, but maybe it doesn't look good," he said at the White House Oct. 13.
Trump promised earlier that the kingdom would face "severe punishment" if the Saudi leadership was behind the disappearance of Kashuji. But he stressed at the White House: "up to now, no one knows what has happened."
The Washington Post writer and Saudi dissident have not appeared since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to marry his Turkish fiancee, the report said.
The report also said that world leaders asked Riyadh for an explanation when the US and Turkish media claimed that the relevant government departments believed that the legitimate resident of the United States was killed in the consulate.
Reported that Saudi Arabia resolutely refuted the allegations that he was the ambassador behind the scenes, claiming that Kashuji left the consulate before disappearing.
In an interview broadcast on October 13, Trump told CBS News, "We're going to look into this," and if Saudi Arabia kills him, "there's going to be severe punishment.
Trump said at the White House in October 13th that he would call the Saudi King Salman. Trump said, "I think I should ask him what's going on."
But Trump also said he was reluctant to cancel a $110 billion arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia, even if Riyadh was found to be responsible.
Soil claims to be able to control journalists' victimization.
Turkey on October 13 accused Saudi Arabia of failing to cooperate in an investigation into the disappearance of a journalist at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, AFP reported on October 13.
Reported that Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevrut Chavushoulu's wording on behalf of Ankara, so far around the Saudi journalist Kashuji case of cautious tone tends to be tough.
Officials in Turkey say they believe Kasuji was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Reported that the terrible story of Kashuji being tortured or even dismembered was revealed to the media, and Trump also expressed pessimism about the fate of the missing journalist.
Reported that the strong protests surrounding the disappearance of Kashuji not only may damage Turkey's relations with Saudi Arabia, but also may disturb Saudi supporters in the West, and will tarnish the Saudi Crown Prince led reform initiatives.
Ankara said Saudi Arabia had agreed to search for its Consulate, but has not yet fulfilled it. It is reported that the two sides have divergent views on the conditions of entry into the consulate's Saudi sovereign territory.
"We haven't seen the cooperation we need to ensure a smooth investigation and to identify everything," Chavushoulu said.
He said Riyadh must let Turkey "prosecutors and experts enter the consulate" to investigate.
According to the Associated Press on October 14, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported on October 13 that Turkish officials had obtained recordings of the alleged killing of journalist Kashuji, who wore the watch when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul more than a week ago.
According to the report, "Morning Post" published the new news, the news on Saudi Arabia posed greater pressure to explain what happened to Kashuji.
The report also said that senior diplomats in Ankara on October 13 again called on Saudi Arabia to open its consulate for the Turkish authorities to search.
The report pointed out that KASH was missing when he entered the Consulate in October 2nd. Saudi Arabia insisted that the allegations against it were "groundless".
Turkish authorities recovered the recording from Kashuji's Apple phone and his cloud account, the Morning Post said. Before he entered the consulate, Kasuji handed his cell phone to his fiancee.
The newspaper also said Saudi officials tried to guess Kashuji's watch code and delete the recording, but the code was incorrect, and later used the journalist's fingerprints. Apple watches, however, do not have the function of fingerprint unlocking as apple phones do. The newspaper did not mention this in its report.
Apple watches can record and later sync the recordings to the phone via Bluetooth, the report said. The newspaper's report did not elaborate on how the watch synchronized the information to the phone or to Kashuji's Apple cloud account.
The report also said that officials in Turkey did not return to the question of the social security card.
Turkish officials also reportedly claimed to have mastered the video of the killing, but did not explain how it was obtained.
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