Saudi Arabia's state news agency has released a slew of statements from allies in the region supporting the kingdom amid global outrage over its suspected role in the disappearance and possible death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Trump called his top diplomat on Sunday night and asked him to have face-to-face meetings with the Saudi leaders, according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
The Saudi government is considering whether to say that rogue intelligence operatives murdered activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi by mistake inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
Last week, Turkey accepted a Saudi proposal to form a joint working group to investigate Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.
Khashoggi was United States resident and wrote articles for The Washington Post, splitting his time between Virginia, London, and Istanbul since he left Saudi Arabia in June 2017. "He didn't really know, maybe - I don't want to get into his mind but it sounded to me - maybe these could have been rogue killers. We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".
Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of sending in a 15-man team to interrogate, kill, and dismember Khashoggi's body with a bone saw before flying it back to his native country. If true, it would provide hard evidence to support Ankara government's claim that a 15-member assassination squad was waiting at the consulate to apprehend Khashoggi, kill him and then dismember him.
U.S. politicians have backed the call for tough punitive action against the Saudis, while Germany, France and Britain have jointly called for a "credible investigation" into his disappearance.
The kingdom seems to be taking on each challenge one by one, beginning with Turkey where the macabre incident took place. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman, who is next in line to the throne. He and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, have forged close ties.
Cleaning personnel enter Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Monday. In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe.
Trump tweeted early Monday that Salman denied any knowledge of "whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen'". Most recently Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced he will no longer be attending the event, saying, "I'm very troubled by the reports to date about Jamal Khashoggi". People familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details said Larry Fink and Stephen Schwarzman, the heads of BlackRock and Blackstone, also backed out.
Mr. Trudeau also said talk of Canadian sanctions on Saudi Arabia is premature.
Japanese SoftBank's shares also took a dive on Monday, falling by almost seven percent over fears for its major financial ties with Saudi Arabia.