Sun | Nov 18, 2018

Trump asks for journalist video 'if it exists'

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump has said that the US is asking Turkey for audio and video relating to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi "if it exists".

The president yesterday called Saudi Arabia an important ally, noting it is an important customer for US military exports.

Turkish officials have said that Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudis' Istanbul consulate, which Saudi officials have denied.

US officials say they are taking Khashoggi's disappearance seriously, but Trump says he has not sent the FBI, stressing that he was not an "American citizen."

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Trump warned against a rush to judgement, comparing condemnation of Saudi Arabia to the allegations of

sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.