Speaking to reporters on Friday, President Trump confirmed that he has not yet spoken to Saudi King Salman about the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was believed killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Trump told the reporters that he will be calling the king “at some point” and speaking to him, saying only that “we’ll see what happens.” President Trump has expressed opposition to letting the death of Khashoggi impact US arms sales to the Saudis.
Khashoggi was a US permanent resident and a critic of the Saudi crown prince. The US has intercepts showing the kingdom was plotting to lure him into a situation where they might capture him. Turkish officials indicated that they have evidence he was killed and dismembered in the consulate earlier this month.
Trump had indicated his intention to take the matter to the “highest levels” of the Saudi government. It is not clear who, if anybody, he has spoken to about the matter yet.