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    Trump: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Knowledge of What Happened to Missing Journo

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    President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that answers will be coming soon in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, adding that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman told him during a phone call that the investigation into his disappearance is rapidly expanding.

    "Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate… and told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter," Trump said in a Twitter message. "Answers will be forthcoming shortly."

    Trump said in a interview with Fox Business Network later on Tuesday that it would be "bad" if it turns out top Saudi officials knew more about Khashoggi than they are letting on.

    "It depends whether or not the king or the crown prince knew about it, in my opinion, number one, what happened, but whether or not they knew about it. If they knew about it that would be bad," he said. 

    READ MORE: Turkish Foreign Ministry: No Confession From Saudis on Missing Journo — Reports

    Trump's statement comes following the announcement earlier in the day of a senior Trump administration official that Saudi Arabia remains one of the US most important allies in implementing Washington's strategy on Iran, but that does not mean that the disappearance of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi won't be addressed.

    Earlier in the week, Trump stated that he spoke over phone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who denied any knowledge of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Following the phone conversation, the US president suggested that Saudi Arabia's King Salman could believe that rogue killers were behind the disappearance of the journalist.

    Jamal Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document, as reported by Turkish media. The Saudi authorities said that the journalist left the consulate on the same day that he arrived.

    After Ankara claimed that Khashoggi could've been arrested or even killed while inside the diplomatic mission, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman replied that Turkish authorities could search the Consulate General building if necessary.

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