Trump said it 'certainly looks' like Jamal Khashoggi is dead

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Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, has always been feared killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after he entered on October 2 and was never seen exiting.

The confab hosted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has seen a slew of its committed participants withdraw amid the ongoing controversy over the disappearance and apparent murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Later in the day, Trump told reporters that "it certainly looks like" Khashoggi was dead.

Critics accused the president of being weak and giving the Saudi regime a potential way out if they did sanction the murder of Mr Khashoggi. Riyadh has denied responsibility.

Trump's remarks came after he was briefed on the investigation by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Mr. Kushner has argued that the outrage over Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and possible killing will pass, just as it did after other Saudi errors like the kidnapping of the prime minister of Lebanon and the killing of a busload of children in Yemen by a Saudi airstrike.

Earlier on Thursday, Pompeo said he told Trump that the U.S. should give the Saudis "a few more days" to complete their investigation into Khashoggi's case "so we can get a complete understanding" of the facts.

Trump stopped short of accusing the Saudis of killing Khashoggi, but he said there would be "very severe" consequences if it turns out they did. "It's bad, bad stuff". "But we'll see what happens".

After that, "we can make a decision about how the United States should respond to the issues surrounding Mr Khashoggi", Pompeo told reporters.

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But Pompeo also stressed the "long strategic relationship" that the US has with Saudi Arabia, and described the country as an "important counter-terrorism supporter". It certainly looks that way, ' the US President said today in Washington DC.

Fox Business Network has become the latest media partner to pull out of the Saudi Arabia-backed Future Investment Initiative, the worldwide conference featuring world business leaders that is scheduled to run October 23-25 in Riyadh.

"This incident is unacceptable and clearly they have to answer questions specifically regarding this incident", Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon told CNBC.

Earlier on Thursday, senior government ministers from France, Britain and the Netherlands also withdrew from the Riyadh conference, joining a list of worldwide officials and business executives.

Khashoggi wrote critically about the Saudi government, warning the world, that Saudi Arabia could never be a democracy under the current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Donald Trump admitted it's likely a missing Saudi journalist is dead - and has warned punishment "will be very severe" for those responsible.

Turkish officials have searched the consulate and sources said a recording reveals Khashoggi was beaten after a brief conversation with Saudi consul general Mohammed al-Otaibi. Investigators tracked the routes and stops of cars that left those two places on October 2, the officials said. According to a Turkish daily newspaper, which claimed it had obtained tapes from the consulate, Khashoggi was tortured and had his fingers cut off during interrogation and then decapitated.

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