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US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia's response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "the worst cover-up ever".

In an interview months before he was killed, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said he didn't believe the USA would "apply pressure" on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unless there was a "crisis".

"So far the facts and evidence shows that Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a very cruel murder", he said, calling on the Saudis to collaborate with Turkey's investigation and be held legally responsible for their actions. "But we want to find out what happened", Pence said.

"He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him", Trump told the Wall Street Journal, answering a question about the Saudi crown prince's possible involvement into the killing of the journalist. The Associated Press, citing Turkish officials, has reported that a 15-man Saudi team tortured, killed and dismembered Khashoggi, while Saudi Arabia says he died in a "fistfight".

Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday denounced the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and vowed justice would prevail.

Riyadh has blamed a "rogue operation" for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist and said that the crown prince had no knowledge of the killing.

A host of Western executives and governments have pulled out of a high-profile Saudi investment summit that started on Tuesday because of the Khashoggi affair.

Erdogan offered his "sincere apologies" to the senior scribe's family, fiancee and the people of Saudi Arabia before beginning his speech at the Turkish parliament.

However, Trump suddenly changed his stance and said that he wanted to believe that the prince is actually not involved in the incident.




"We know that many are trying to use this painful thing to create a kind of wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey", he said.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey has strong evidence the journalist was killed in a premeditated and "savage" murder and has called for the suspects to be tried in Istanbul.

Pompeo briefed reporters Tuesday, after meeting with Saudi and Turkish officials in the wake of the death of Khashoggi.

Pompeo added that the U.S. would "continue to explore additional measures to hold those responsible accountable" for the heinous murder and cover-up later of the Washington Post columnist.

King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to the 33-year-old crown prince.

However, this year's summit has been overshadowed by the October 2 killing of Khashoggi.

The number of arrests lines up with information gathered by Turkish intelligence on the case, Erdogan said.

The Saudi kingdom has provided conflicting accounts of what happened to Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post contributor. Erdogan made no reference to any audio recording.

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