Trump has been exercising "an uncharacteristic amount of caution" in rendering a verdict on what happened to Khashoggi and whether the Saudi government is culpable, but on Thursday, the president "gave his hot take on the journalist's fate": "It certainly looks" like Khasoggi is dead, and "it's very said".
White House officials - up to and including President Donald Trump - continue to bungle the response to the reported murder of Washington Post journalist and United States resident Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi government.
Answering a question on what would be the consequences for Saudi Arabia, Trump said: "Well, it'll have to be very severe".
"We will share the results to emerge with the entire world".
During his meeting with Trump, Pompeo advised that Saudi Arabia be given some more time to complete investigation.
"We should be able to get to the bottom of it fairly soon", Mr. Trump said on Thursday.
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On the same day of Khashoggi's disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he was still inside, according to Turkish police sources.
Khashoggi hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Appearing on CBSN a year ago, Khashoggi himself warned the Trump administration's embrace of Saudi leadership could backfire, and he criticized the Saudi crown prince's behavior in foreign policy as "impulsive".
Saudi Arabia denies the killing but, under pressure from Britain, France and Germany, only recently began an investigation.
There is a perception here among critics of the Trump administration that U.S. officials are working with the Saudis to give them time to come up with a "cover story".
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch held a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in NY yesterday, calling for an global investigation.
'Friends, loved ones, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, that's a casket.
Trump so far has resisted the call for strong action against Saudi Arabia.