Donald Trump vows 'severe punishment' if Saudi Arabia murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Donald Trump vows 'severe punishment' if Saudi Arabia murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Donald Trump has vowed “severe punishment” for Saudi Arabia if it is proven that the kingdom was responsible for murdering Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist, The Telegraph reports.

The US president said he was “very upset and angry” about the case and indicated that he was not fully convinced by the Saudis’ repeated claims of innocence.

“Could it be them? Yes,” he said. “In the not too distant future I think we’ll know an answer,” Trump told CBS News in an a "60 Minutes" interview that will air on Sunday. “We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment.”

Mr Khashoggi, who would have turned 60 on Saturday, has not been seen since he went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. 

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