Donald Trump Vows 'Severe Punishment' If Saudis Killed Jamal Khashoggi

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The US President Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could be behind the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and warned Washington would inflict "severe punishment" if he was murdered

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Updated On:

The US President Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could be behind the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and warned Washington would inflict "severe punishment" if he was murdered.

READ: Donald Trump Vows To Unearth Truth About Saudi Journalist Khashoggi's Disappearance

The Saudi critic has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, with Turkish officials accusing Riyadh of murdering him inside the diplomatic mission.

"We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment," Trump told CBS's "60 Minutes" program, according to an extract of an interview that was released on Saturday, October 13.

"As of this moment, they deny it and they deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes," Trump said in the interview, which was conducted on Thursday, when asked if Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi Arabia.

READ: Saudi Arabia Rejects 'Baseless' Murder Claims Over Missing Journalist

The network said it will air the interview in full on October 14, 2018. Trump added the matter was especially important "because this man was a reporter." But when asked what options Trump would consider, the president said he was not keen to limit arms sales to the kingdom -- a position he has previously voiced.

"Well, it depends on what the sanction is," he said. "I'll give you 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, and we got all of it, every bit of it.

He added: "I'll tell you what I don't want to do. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, I don't want to hurt jobs. I don't want to lose an order like that. And you know what, there are other ways of punishing, to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's true.

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