Trump: Saudi Journalist Likely Dead, Consequences Could Be ‘Severe’

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President Donald Trump said Thursday it appears missing Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, based on information available so far.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed Trump on the matter earlier in the day. Asked by a reporter if he believed Khashoggi is dead, Trump said: “It certainly looks that way to me.”

Trump spoke to the press pool at Andrews Air Force Base before departing for Montana.

Asked about consequences if Saudi Arabian government murdered the journalist, Trump said, “It will have to be very severe.”

The president and administration officials have been cautious about …

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