Turkish officials have concluded that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul eight days ago by a team of 15 Saudi operatives who used a bone saw to dismember his body before smuggling body parts out of the building. The New York Times cited an unnamed senior Turkish official who compared the alleged killing to the gruesome Quentin Tarantino film “Pulp Fiction.” The official told the Times the assassination was ordered at the highest levels of the Saudi royal court. Khashoggi is a columnist for The Washington Post who had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States. His disappearance has drawn condemnation from diplomats and heads of state around the world, but President Trump has yet to issue a formal statement—or even a tweet—about Khashoggi. Trump was briefly asked about the disappearance at the White House on Tuesday.
Reporter: “Mr. President, have you spoken to the Saudis about the missing Washington Post columnist?”
President Donald Trump: “I have not. No, I haven’t. But I will be, at some point.”
Reporter: “What do you know at this point?”
President Donald Trump: “I know nothing right now. I know what everybody else does: nothing.”