Washington: Speaking to the media after a behind-closed-doors briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel, he said he had “high confidence” bin Salman has ordered the killing.
You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organised by people under the command of MBS,” he said, using bin Salman’s nickname.
In damning comments, he said the evidence was less of a “smoking gun” than a “smoking saw”, in reference to the purported weapon used to dismember Khashoggi.
The CIA believes that Khashoggi’s killing may have happened at the behest of Salman, multiple media reports in the US have suggested.
Trump has accused the Saudi regime of “deception” and “lies” when explaining its version of events, but stopped short of holding Salman responsible.
Trump added that Saudi Arabia “vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder”, and that the truth about his death may never be known.