Trump dispatched top U.S. diplomat Pompeo on an urgent mission to Riyadh to defuse a crisis over Khashoggi.
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Saudi Arabia stood by denials it had any knowledge about whether Jamal Khashoggi was killed, but backed a "thorough" probe, the U.S. said Tuesday, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a supportive trip to the Gulf state.Pompeo met in Riyadh with the top leadership of Saudi Arabia including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who not long ago basked in international praise for his domestic reforms but whose reputation has soured over his mounting crackdown on dissent.Pompeo traveled to Turkey after the talks to meet with leaders there.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo was "candid and direct" with the Saudi leaders.There have also been sharp words targeting Mohammad bin Salman, from U.S. senators on both the Republican and Democratic sides, amid calls for Congress to halt U.S. arms sales to the kingdom.Saudi Arabia warned before Pompeo's visit the leading oil exporter can
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