US President Donald Trump has tagged Saudi Arabia’s response to the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, “the worst cover-up ever”, BBC reports.
Those behind the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three weeks ago “should be in big trouble”, he said.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, then said the US would “punish those responsible” and in keeping this up, it had revoked visas of 21 identified suspects.
The Saudi government has blamed the murder on rogue agents.
But President Erdogan of Turkey has said the journalist was the victim of a carefully planned “political murder” by Saudi intelligence officers and other officials.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: “They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly and the cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups.”
“Whoever thought of that idea, I think is in big trouble. And they should be in big trouble.”
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