President Donald Trump said Monday morning that he would send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “immediately” to meet with the Saudi king as the international outcry continued to grow over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Details of Pompeo’s visit to Saudi Arabia weren’t immediately clear. The White House and the State Department didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for further comment on the president’s tweet.
Trump’s statement came after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered an investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance. The journalist, a critic of the Saudi royal family who wrote columns for The Washington Post, was last seen Oct. 2, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened “to our Saudi Arabian citizen.” He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2018