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Khashoggi killing 'worst cover-up ever' - Trump

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Video: Trump says Khashoggi killing 'worst cover-up in the history of cover-ups' (PA)

Donald Trump has described the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

The comments come after Sky sources said body parts belonging to the Washington Post columnist had been found and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Mr Khashoggi's killing a premeditated "murder".

Speaking on Tuesday at the Oval Office, the US leader also said his Turkish counterpart had been "pretty rough" on Saudi Arabia when he addressed the killing in parliament earlier in the day.

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President Erdogan demanded Saudi Arabia hold those responsible to account and asked: "Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?"

Donald Trump said his Turkish counterpart had been 'pretty rough' on Saudi Arabia © Reuters Donald Trump said his Turkish counterpart had been 'pretty rough' on Saudi Arabia Turkish authorities claim to have an audio recording of Mr Khashoggi's death that supposedly confirms he was tortured, killed, had his fingers cut off and was dismembered. However, Mr Erdogan did not mention it during his address.

When asked if he believed Mr Erdogan, President Trump said he wanted to see the facts first. But he also said consequences for Saudi Arabia would be decided by congress in consultation with himself.

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Jamal Khashoggi: Theresa May says reports of body parts is ‘deeply disturbing’ (HuffPost UK)

Turkish president rejects Saudi account of Khashoggi killing (The Guardian)

Opinion: Khashoggi's disappearance is a test for Britain (The Atlantic)

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Jamal Khashoggi was killed after going into the consulate on 2 October © Sky News Screen Grab Jamal Khashoggi was killed after going into the consulate on 2 October

The US leader, who sent his CIA director to Istanbul to discuss the issue, is expecting a full report in the coming days.

Saudi Arabia has claimed the journalist - a staunch critic of the kingdom - died in a "fist fight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

However, Turkish authorities maintain a 15-man team tortured and killed Mr Khashoggi.

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