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US has demanded answers from Saudi Arabia on missing journalist: Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US said Wednesday that he has taken up the case of missing with Saudi authorities "at the highest level" and demanded answers from them over the mysterious disappearance of contributor.

Khashoggi, a US resident, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkish authorities suspect he was abducted and murdered by the Saudis.

But insisted the 59-year-old had left the building and that murder claims are "baseless".

"This is a bad situation. We cannot let this happen. To reporters and to anybody, we cannot let this happen. We are going to to the bottom (of it), Trump told reporters at the

Trump said he has taken up this matter with the at the highest level. Let me say this, the highest level, he said in response to a question adding that this is a very serious situation.

Turkish investigators are examining CCTV footage showing the moment the entered the kingdom's consulate in to obtain documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiance

Trump said he and the have received a letter from the fiance of the journalist.

We are in contact with her now. And we want to bring her to the It's very sad situation. It's a very bad situation. And we want to get to the bottom of it, he said.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor, and White House Senior Advisor, spoke to Saudi Arabian Tuesday about the missing journalist.

had a follow up call with the to reiterate the request for information.

In both calls they asked for more details and for the to be transparent in the investigation process. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available, White House said.

Later, at another White House event, Trump expressed his disappointment over the current situation.

"We are going to have comment on that soon. We are very disappointed to see what is going on. Don't like it. Don't like it at all. And are going to get to the bottom of it, Trump told reporters in response to a question.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 01:30 IST