President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to say if he had sent the FBI to investigate the alleged death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who is believed to have died at the hands of operatives from Saudi Arabia.
During remarks to reporters at the White House, Trump revealed that he had asked Turkey to hand over any video of Khashoggi, who went missing after a visit to the Saudi consulate.
“Why not send the FBI?” the president was asked.
“He’s not an American citizen,” Trump said, ignoring the fact that Khashoggi is a legal resident of the United States.
“And you don’t know if we have or not,” the president added. “Maybe we have… I’m not telling you. Why would I tell you?”
Read and watch the president’s remarks below.
Trump says YES, U.S. has asked Turkey for audio, if it exists. Says he's not giving cover to Saudis.
Why not send the FBI? Trump: He's not an American citizen, and you don't know if we have or haven't — why should I tell you?
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) October 17, 2018