WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2018 (BSS/XINHUA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said
on Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had not drawn any
conclusion on the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.
“They did not come to a conclusion,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago
resort in the state of Florida.
“Nobody’s concluded. I don’t know if anyone could conclude that the crown
prince did it,” he added.
Trump’s remarks came days after U.S. media, citing insiders, reported that
the CIA had concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered to
kill Khashoggi, while the crown prince himself kept denying the accusations.
Having received a report from the CIA on the murder, Trump told reporters
that the CIA pointed out “certain things” but drew no conclusion.
“They (the CIA) said he (the crown prince) might’ve done it,” Trump noted.
Khashoggi has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
on Oct. 2. The Saudi authorities said Khashoggi died in a “brawl” in its
After releasing the results of its initial investigation, the Saudi Public
Prosecution announced that 18 Saudis were arrested for their alleged
connections with the killing.
The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on 17 individuals over their alleged
roles in the killing of Khashoggi last week, following U.S. State
Department’s decision in late October to revoke 21 Saudi suspects’ visas.