Trump vows 'severe punishment' for Saudi Arabia if missing journalist was murdered

Turkey claims it has taped evidence that a U.S.-based Washington Post reporter was interrogated and killed by Saudi operatives.
2:52 | 10/15/18

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Transcript for Trump vows 'severe punishment' for Saudi Arabia if missing journalist was murdered
interview, president trump addressed the crisis over "The Washington post" columnist who disappeared. It was claimed he was killed by a Saudi hit squad. The president says there will be, quote, severe punishment if that is confirmed. We have Ian Pannell on the scene with the latest. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: This is the consulate where "The Washington post" reporter went missing 13 days ago now. We're told there was a key conversation between the Saudi king and Turkish president agreeing to work together on an investigation, and we just heard in the last two hours that perhaps Turkish investigators will be allowed into the consulate today to carry out a thorough investigation into what really happened. Turkish security sources claim they have taped evidence that the "Post" reporter was held, interrogated and killed by Saudi operatives. Last seen walking into the Saudi consulate 13 days ago. This mystery growing amid Turkish claims a squad of Saudis arrived here the day the reporter vanished. Their vans then seen outside the back as khashoggi entered the front. They departed the country the same day. Under pressure to respond to khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder, president trump now taking a tougher stance in that interview with CBS news. There is something really terrible and disgusting about that if that were the case. So we're going to have to see. We're going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment. Reporter: The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement, but it has now escalated a war of words. In a statement saying, if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action. Issuing this threat, the kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy, a reference to Saudi oil and its influence on gas prices. Overnight, more giant companies pulling out of an upcoming investment conference. So far, treasury secretary Steve mnuchin hasn't canceled his plans to attend. Larry kudlow telling George -- Mr. Mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces. Reporter: So no easing of the pressure on the Saudi government on any side at the moment, and despite that belligerent statement, it appeared they wrote back late into the evening thanking the administration for not jumping to conclusions so far. But still, far more questions than answers in this case. Robin? So many more questions to be answered. There is a lot more pressure because major business leaders are pulling out. Steve mnuchin so far is still going to. We'll see what happens.

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