President Donald Trump on Monday suggested “rogue killers” could be involved in the case of a missing Saudi Arabian journalist, as he denied offering $1 million over a DNA test for Sen. Elizabeth Warren and surveyed damage from Hurricane Michael.
CALL WITH KING OVER KHASHOGGI
Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman and tweeted that the monarch “denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.’” Before leaving to tour the storm-ravaged Florida Panhandle, Trump told reporters the king “firmly denied” any involvement with the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Turkish authorities allege that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents after he entered the consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia denies that accusation and says Khashoggi left the consulate alive. “It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?” said Trump, who dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the Saudi king.
Monday afternoon, CNN reported Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit Khashoggi’s death was the result of an interrogation gone wrong. The kingdom will also admit that it was planning to abduct him, the report said.
The president commented briefly on Sears
, which filed early Monday for bankruptcy protection. The company said it would close 142 money-losing stores near the end of the year, with liquidation sales expected to begin shortly. “I would imagine some of those great sites that Sears has — they really have some great sites — will be put to good use,” Trump said.
‘WHO CARES’ ABOUT WARREN DNA
Trump also said he “didn’t say” he’d pay $1 million if Warren took a DNA test to prove her claim of Native American heritage.
At a rally in July, Trump in fact did promise $1 million to Warren’s favorite charity, but only if the test “shows you’re an Indian.”
Warren, a possible Democratic presidential contender who has frequently clashed with Trump, released a test suggesting there is “strong evidence” she had a Native American in her family tree. The Boston Globe, which published results of the test, said the Massachusetts senator could be between 1/32nd and 1/1024th Native American. Asked his reaction to the test, Trump twice replied, “Who cares?”
Trump has repeatedly attacked Warren over her heritage claims, calling her “Pocahontas.” She was first scrutinized over her background during her 2012 Senate race. Both she and Harvard deny any claim of Native American heritage was used by the university when she was added to the faculty, but Harvard did use the claim as evidence for the supposed diversity of its teachers.
Trump visited with victims of Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Fla., and said that seeing the devastation “personally is very, very tough.” Trump said the federal government was “doing more than anyone would have done” in response to the storm.
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