Trump, Erdogan discussed Khashoggi

Trump, Erdogan discussed Khashoggi
© Getty Images

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed how to respond to the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a White House spokesman confirmed to The Hill on Sunday.

The two discussed the matter at a dinner Saturday night with various heads of state in Paris to mark the World War I Armistice centenary, according to Reuters, who first reported details of the conversation.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, where Turkey has said he was tortured, murdered and then dismembered by Saudi operatives on orders from "the highest levels of the Saudi government."

ADVERTISEMENT

Saudi Arabia has dodged the accusation and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has specifically denied having had any knowledge of the incident.

The kingdom admitted late last month that Khashoggi had been killed and that his murder was premeditated.

Erdoğan said earlier Saturday that Turkey gave recordings related to Khashoggi's murder to various governments, including the U.S.

No country has acknowledged receiving the recordings and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump travels to Dover Air Force Base to meet with families of Americans killed in Syria Overnight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation MORE denied last month that they he had heard the recordings or seen a transcript.

The Washington Post reported late last month that CIA Director Gina Haspel listened to a recording of Khashoggi's murder during a visit. She briefed the president several days after.

The death of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, has caused diplomatic strife between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

The kingdom has been a longtime ally of America's and the U.S. has backed it in a proxy war against Iran in Yemen.

The U.S. has frequently found itself opposed to Turkey, particularly in Syria, where Erdoğan has allied himself with Russia, Iran, and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Now, the U.S. has called for a ceasefire in Yemen by the end of November, though government officials have said that the decision is unrelated to Khashoggi's murder.