United States President Donald Trump said on Monday morning he was immediately sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi King Salman while reiterating the denial of Saudi Arabia being involved in the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Post reported Trump made the statements outside the White House after speaking with the Saudi king who "firmly" denied being involved in the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.
Riyadh has come under growing scrutiny over the missing writer as Turkish investigators said they believe he was killed and then dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Trump also claimed Khashoggi could have been targeted by "rogue killers."
“I don’t want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers,” Trump said. “Who knows? We’re going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial."
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut ridiculed Trump's "rogue killers" theory as "extraordinary."