US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has neither heard audio nor read a transcript related to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said in a press release.
Trump spoke just hours after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joined other worldwide leaders and companies in pulling out of next week's Future Investment Initiative summit in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, billed as "Davos in the Desert".
Meanwhile several lawmakers led by Congressman Jim McGovern introduced a legislation in the House to prohibit all U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia until Secretary of State determines that the Saudi regime is not responsible for the disappearance or death of Khashoggi. The same man wore lapel pins, including one of the flags of Saudi Arabia and America intertwined, that other bodyguards accompanying the crown prince wore on the trip.
"I've seen no tape".
Officials from a joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case early Thursday after searching the residence as well as the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence", he said. He said last week that it would be a "tough pill to swallow" to cease the sales over Khashoggi, contending that such a move would hurt the USA economy.
Khashoggi, a dissident living in self-imposed exile in the United States where he contributed to the Washington Post, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Many samples, including soil and water, were taken from the consulate and the residence, the official said.
Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks ago.
"Part of our reaction will depend on the Saudi reaction, and whether we sense that they are taking it as seriously as we are taking it".
Meanwhile, several high-profile human rights groups have demanded that Turkey ask the United Nations to investigate the possible killing of Mr Khashoggi.
"I still want to wish and hope that he is alive and so on", Kislakci said.
Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", will be missing numerous major players after several world leaders and top business executives have decided not to attend.