Trump says Erdogan 'pretty rough' on Saudis over Khashoggi

Reuters , Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures to reporters prior to departing on a trip to Houston from the White House in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2018. REUTERS

President Donald Trump said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was "pretty rough" on Saudi Arabia in remarks on Tuesday about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and said Riyadh's handling of the matter was "the worst cover-up ever."

Trump told reporters he wanted to get all the facts on Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before agreeing with Erdogan's assessment. Trump, who sent his CIA director to Turkey to discuss the issue, said he expected to have a report pretty soon.

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