October 23, 2018 / 7:49 PM / 22 days ago

Trump says Erdogan "pretty rough" on Saudis over Khashoggi

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was “pretty rough” on Saudi Arabia in remarks on Tuesday about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and said Riyadh’s handling of the matter was “the worst cover-up ever.”

Trump told reporters he wanted to get all the facts on Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before agreeing with Erdogan’s assessment. Trump, who sent his CIA director to Turkey to discuss the issue, said he expected to have a report pretty soon. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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