President Donald Trump talks to the media before boarding Air Force One, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to campaign stops in Montana, Arizona and Nevada.
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As the U.S. toughened its response to Khashoggi's disappearance, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pulled out of a major Saudi investment conference Thursday amid global pressure.Trump, who has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions about Khashoggi, did not say on what he based his statement regarding the writer's demise two weeks ago. While Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of the murder in Istanbul of Khashoggi, a U.S.-based writer who has been critical of Saudi leaders, Trump has cautioned against a rush to judgment against an important Mideast ally. And Pompeo, just back from talks with Saudi and Turkish leaders, said earlier Thursday that the U.S. needed more facts before deciding "how, or if" to respond.Turkish reports say Khashoggi was brutally murdered and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate by members of an assassination squad with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.Pompeo declined to comment on what the U.S. believes might have happened to Khashoggi but made clear Washington takes the situation "very seriously".
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