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Asked if he heard or asked to hear audio of Khashoggi's alleged slaying, he said: "I don't have anything to say about that".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is the key power inside Saudi Arabia, and struck up a friendship with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner in 2017. "That's going to be the first question I ask", he said.

US media outlets have reported that Riyadh, despite its earlier denials of involvement, will acknowledge he was killed in a botched interrogation.

Such a forum is now lacking, says Khashoggi, a Post contributor and USA resident who disappeared entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

One of the suspects identified by Turkey is a close associate of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Hope we're going to be on the better side of the equation, you know we need Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight against all of the terrorism, everything that's happening in Iran and other places, but Iran's been the leader", Trump said.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, pro-government Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported yesterday, saying it had heard audio recordings of the incident.

Turkish officials have claimed Saudi agents killed and dismembered him.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that the US has asked Turkey for a copy of the audio it claims to have, but the president suggested he has doubts about whether the recording actually exists.

Trump, who threatened punishment for Saudi Arabia when Khashoggi's disappearance first came to light two weeks ago, has repeatedly noted Saudi leaders' denials since then and insisted the USA must know the facts before taking action.

Trump has appeared to be on the defensive since Turkish sources first accused Saudi agents of killing Khashoggi - a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor - inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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But as USA interest rates have risen, the U.S. dollar has strengthened further, which makes American exports more expensive. Commenting on this week's plunge in stock markets, Mnuchin called it a "natural correction", CNBC reported.

Turkish police have arrived at the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul to conduct a search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

How much blame for Khashoggi's disappearance or death settles on the 33-year-old crown prince has become a decisive factor in his standing in the eyes of the West and within the royal family.

In an editorial headlined "Why is the Trump administration cleaning up Saudi Arabia's mess?" the paper backed calls by United Nations officials for an independent global commission into the disappearance of the journalist earlier this month, which has tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh insists that he left the consulate safely.

USA media and officials have called on Ankara to release the evidence, but the Turkish investigators have not done so yet. A team of Saudi officials went into the residence Wednesday afternoon and police arrived to again put up barricades amid reports the search could happen.

Saudi Arabia is one one of its most important backers, and heralded the project as one that could "enable all 4th-generation technologies to flourish in the Kingdom".

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, told CNN that the "intel points directly" to Saudi Arabia for Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

According to CNN, lawmakers who have been party to USA intelligence reports on the disappearance of Mr Kashoggi have said there is little doubt as to who is responsible.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his plans to attend an investment conference in Riyadh next week would be revisited on Thursday after U.S. officials have a chance to consult Pompeo.

"They made a commitment to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official", Pompeo said.

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