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> Saudi Arabia has, for the first time, admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, but world leaders are skeptical about their explanation as to what happened, including US President Donald Trump.>> No, I'm not satisfied until we find the answer, but it was a big first step.
It was a good first step, but I wanna get to the answer.>> Trump on Saturday joined E-leaders in pushing Saudi Arabia for more answers. That's after Riyadh changed its story and acknowledged that the journalist was killed in its consulate in Istanbul over two weeks ago. It had, until Friday, insisted that Khashoggi left the building alive.
It now claims that he was killed in a fight, and that two officials close to the royal family have been fired over the incident. But the preliminary report released on state media gave few details and no evidence. Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was tortured by Saudi agents and his body cut up.
The case has sparked international outrage and frayed ties between Western powers, and US ally Saudi Arabia, the world's number one oil exporter. Trump has threatened sanctions against Riyadh, but on Saturday said that halting an arms deal would, quote, hurt us more than them.>> We have $450 billion, 110 billion of which is a military order.
That's not helpful for us to cancel an order like that.>> Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was a critic of Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Saudi officials say the Prince had no knowledge or involvement in the incident. But there was a long-standing order to bring critics like Khashoggi back into the Kingdom.