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Trump, Pompeo Cite U.S.-Saudi Ties as Khashoggi Crisis Escalates

  • President says he hopes to have probe’s results by end of week
  • Pompeo was dispatched to Saudi Arabia, Turkey on Monday
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Bloomberg’s Onur Ant reports from Istanbul after Mike Pompeo, above, met with Turkish officials.Source: Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump and his top diplomat cautioned against putting the entire U.S.-Saudi Arabia relationship at risk over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, as the crisis over the missing journalist escalates more than two weeks after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump reiterated to reporters on Wednesday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s government agreed to buy $110 billion in U.S. weaponry during his visit to the country last year -- his first trip abroad after becoming president. He’s previously said canceling those purchases would just push Saudi Arabia to look to Russia or China for arms.