WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US is "demanding" answers from Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of a well-known Saudi writer and government critic Turkish authorities say was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Istanbul.
Trump said he plans to invite to the White House the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, a writer for The Washington Post who has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 to get paperwork for his marriage.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he has a call in to the fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who had been waiting outside the consulate when Khashoggi went inside and has appealed to the president and first lady Melania Trump for help.
Trump said nobody knows exactly what happened and expressed hope that Khashoggi is not dead. He also said he had spoken with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation," but he did not disclose details of his conversations.