President Donald Trump on Friday denied a report claiming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heard an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was never given or shown a Transcript or Video of the Saudi Consulate event. FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted.
His comments come a day after ABC News reported that Pompeo had listened to the recording and was given a transcript of it during meetings this week in Turkey scheduled in response to Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Trump administration officials have repeatedly denied the report, which was based on the account of one senior Turkish official.
“Secretary Pompeo has neither heard a tape nor has he seen a transcript related to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance,” the State Department said in a statement Thursday evening.
Pompeo himself pointedly dismissed the report, telling journalists traveling with him in Mexico, according to The Hill, “I’ve seen no tape … I’ve heard no tape. I’ve seen no transcript.”
“The network that reported that ought to pull down the headline that says I have,” he added.
President Trump said on Wednesday the US has requested audio and video from Turkey related to the disappearance of Khashoggi.
“We have asked for it, if it exists,” Trump said in the Oval Office, later adding that it “probably does.”
“I want to find out what happened, where is the fault, and we will probably know that by the end of the week,” he added.
Arts & Culture3 weeks ago
35 Ways Israel Inspired the World in 2018
Business2 weeks ago
Amazon Pulls Floor Mats that Insulted Muslims from Their Site; Retail Giant Issues Apology
Travel2 weeks ago
Exploring Alentejo: A Window into Portugal’s Jewish Past
Breaking News3 weeks ago
Mugrabi Divorce Battle Takes Center Stage in Epic Showdown
International latest news2 weeks ago
Russian-Jewish Billionaire Abramovich Hosts Paul McCartney Aboard Yacht
Op-Ed2 weeks ago
Why Trump’s Wall is a Must
Business6 days ago
Robotic Dogs, Talking Toilets, Roll Down 88” LG TV’s – All at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas
JV Editorial2 weeks ago
The Dark Side of Airbnb Revealed