US President Donald Trump has threatened the kingdom with "severe punishment" if Khashoggi, who has been critical of Prince Mohammed, was killed inside its Istanbul mission as reported by several media outlets.
US lawmakers have also called for economic sanctions to be imposed on the regime. The foreign minister of the neighbouring island kingdom of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, tweeted Sunday night that there should be a boycott of the ride-hailing app both there and in Saudi Arabia. The US also still hasn't heard anything from the Saudis, and are waiting for some information about what happened, the official said. "The United States is the dominant energy player so we're in pretty good shape, in my opinion, with our energy boom to cover any shortfalls".
"There's something really bad and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Trump said.
The comments marked a break from the Trump administration's strenuous refusal to speculate over what happened to Khashoggi and came as the US president is under growing pressure to take action on the case of the Saudi writer, who was a contributor to The Washington Post and wrote columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "They add up to an impression of impulsive policy-making, and that worries investors", the banker said.
He said it's "looking like" the Saudi journalist is dead. Certain areas of the consulate were to remain off-limits, although officials would be able to inspect surveillance cameras within the post, Turkish media reported. Even just hinting that it won't replace the barrels lost from Iran due to US sanctions could be enough to push prices toward $100 a barrel.
"There's not enough money in the world for us to buy back our credibility on human rights if we do not move forward and take swift action", Rubio said on CBS' "Face the Nation".
Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened "to our Saudi Arabian citizen". The U.S. provides weaponry, intelligence and logistical support for the bombing campaign. "I think he understands that very well".
"Saudi Arabia appreciates the voices of the wise people around the world who have [shown] wisdom, deliberation and the search for truth, rather than rushing to exploit rumours and accusations to achieve goals and agendas that have nothing to do with the search for truth", the official said.
Executive Chairman Bill Ford canceled a multistop trip to the Middle East, including a planned appearance at a Saudi investment conference this month, the company said on Sunday, the latest such cancellation after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The writer had been living in self-exile in Virginia for the past year.
Senators have triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said there had been "nothing but pusillanimous mutterings" from Mr Hunt on the issue.
Saudi authorities maintain Khashoggi left the consulate the same afternoon but have provided no evidence of that.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Saudi King.
Prodded Saturday to specify what type of "severe punishment" he could impose, Trump demurred. Yet, like elsewhere in the region, things are more complicated than they initially appear. He was told to return to the consulate on October 2 to pick up those documents, Ms Cengiz says.
She also addressed reports Mr Trump is seeking to invite her to the White House, saying: "If he makes a genuine contribution to the efforts to reveal what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that day, I will consider accepting his invitation".
Lankford responded: "Yeah, there's a big list".
The Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., later sought to "clarify" those threats on Twitter, noting that "the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends it appreciation to all, including the U.S. administration, for refraining from jumping to conclusions on the ongoing investigation". He added, "Let's find out what did happen first". Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference to discuss Paid Family Leave legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington.