<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.10/article/5bcbc31afc7e93ff108b45ff.jpg"> <figcaption>FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud © AFP / Mandel Ngan / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>After initially saying the Saudi version of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s accidental death seems plausible, Donald Trump now insists that he is not yet “satisfied” with their answer, but won’t pull out of trade deals with Riyadh.</strong> Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that the Washington Post columnist had died in an accidental <em>“fistfight”</em> that erupted inside its consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and announced the first arrests in the probe. While the US president immediately welcomed the news as a <em>“great step,”</em> reluctant to endanger multi-billion-dollar trade deals with the Crown, Trump said he finds the explanation credible yet was waiting for more information from Riyadh before any sanctions could be introduced against the Gulf kingdom.
“I’m not satisfied until we find the answer,” Trump told reporters in Nevada on Saturday. “Nobody seems to know [where Khashoggi’s body is]. It is a concern. We like to find out where it is.”
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“With all that being said, we have $450 billion, $110 billion of which is a military order…I think it’s over a million jobs – that is not helpful for us to cancel an order like that. But there are other things which could be done, including sanctions,” Trump noted.