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Trump Denies Pompeo Heard Recording of Journalist’s Murder



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.


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  1. Irwin Graulich

    10/21/2018 at 3:20 pm

    Thank God Khashoggi is dead. He deserved much worse. Calling the FAKE “Palestinian Nakba” similar to The Holocaust, as he had written, is a Chillul Hashem on the 6 million Jews who actually perished. Khashoggi was anti-Israel and pro Hamas, and was friends with Osama bin Laden.

    Whoever did kill Khashoggi and cut him into pieces, hopefully while he was still alive, did a great mitzvah. Yasher Koach to the Saudis!!!

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