Istanbul — US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bore ultimate responsibility for the operation that led to Jamal Khashoggi’s killing. Meanwhile, Turkish police were allowed to extend their probe at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where the killing of the US resident and Washington Post columnist took place. In his toughest comments yet, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he wanted to believe the prince when he said that lower level officials were to blame for the killing at the Saudi mission. But he suggested responsibility lay higher up: “Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage. He’s running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him.” His comments heaped pressure on his close ally amid a global outcry over the journalist’s death, and came hours before the prince’s appearance at a Saudi investment conference where he was to make his most high profile comments since Khashoggi was killed on October 2.


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