Asked by a reporter in the White House how the Khashoggi killing could have happened, Trump said on Tuesday: "They had a very bad original concept. They've been one of the biggest investors, maybe the biggest investor in our country", he said. "It's very simple. Bad deal, should have never been thought of". Somebody really messed up.
But Turkish officials say a 15-men team tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and say Saudi officials had planned the killing for days. First, Saudi officials said Khashoggi left the embassy unharmed, but after 17 days, following grisly news reports of Khashoggi's death, Saudi officials said last Friday that he was killed during an altercation inside the consulate.
Trump had previously suggested that the Saudi explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible.
Mr Trump spoke on Sunday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the son of Saudi King Salman.
Trump said that afterwards: "We'll know pretty much everything there is to know".
Trump has expressed reluctance to punish the Saudis economically, citing the kingdom's multibillion-dollar purchases of U.S. military equipment and investments in USA companies.
Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel has travelled to Turkey to join the investigation.
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Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has cultivated a personal relationship with Prince Mohammed and urged Trump to act with caution to avoid upsetting a critical strategic and economic relationship, a senior administration official said.
FILE - This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Oct. 9, 2018, claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 2, 2018.
Turkey's foreign minister has said the country would co-operate with global bodies if they were to launch an independent probe into the Khashoggi's killing.
The Turkish president said that on October 1, a team of Saudi consular staff scouted out two separate locations in a forest outside Istanbul and at Yalova, 90 kilometers south of the city.
Dozens of top business leaders from around the world have pulled out of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's showcase event, known as "Davos in the desert", as questions mount over the Saudi government's role in the death of the Washington Post columnist and United States resident.
Turkey is pursuing the case, Erdogan said, as both a "representative of humanity's shared conscience and also for its sovereign rights".
On Monday, Saudi Arabian officials said they do not know details of how dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in their consulate in Istanbul or where his body was.
A team of Saudi agents began arriving in Turkey the day before Khashoggi's killing, Erdgoan said, and cameras at the consulate were removed. Mr Erdogan stopped short of mentioning the crown prince who some United States lawmakers suspect ordered the killing. Who did these people get their orders from to go there?