The Trump administration is taking issue with reports that cite a us official as saying American intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).
"It's a suffering tape".
Trump was asked during a "Fox News Sunday" interview whether the crown prince had lied to him.
"I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it", he said. This included a phone call between the Crown Prince and his brother, Prince Khalid bin Salman - the Saudi Ambassador to the United States - people familiar with the matter reported to the Washington Post but requested to stay anonymous. Riyadh first claimed that it was unaware of the fate of the journalist, who was critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MbS) in his articles. That will include "who did it", he said. It was not immediately clear what the officials said, and the president made no immediate comments after landing.
But Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House before flying to California, also reiterated that he had been told the crown prince had not played a role in the journalist's death.
"They have been a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development", Mr Trump said. Who can really know? The US official also remarked that the Crown Prince is seen as a "good technocrat" and a person who "goes from zero to 60, doesn't seem to understand that there are some things you can't do".
For his part, Sen. "And, we will do that while maintaining the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia", Nauert underlined. "And I have no intention of working with him ever again", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
The sanctions freeze any assets the 17 may have in the U.S. and prohibit any Americans from doing business with them.
A US official says American intelligence agencies have concluded that the Saudi crown prince ordered the killing.
The US State Department also challenged the Central Intelligence Agency findings without referencing it directly and said reports that the United States had reached a final conclusion were "inaccurate".
President Donald Trump is under pressure to impose harsh sanctions against the nation for Khashoggi's killing, but he has been slow to respond.
Sources told USA media they did not believe the murder could have taken place without the approval of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
Riyadh had offered numerous contradictory explanations for his disappearance, before saying Mr Khashoggi was killed after "negotiations" to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.
Still, Trump has been resistant to calls to reduce arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Trump considers the Saudis vital allies in his Mideast agenda.
There is no direct evidence linking Mohammad to the Khashoggi's killing and his body has not been found, something that President Trump has pointed to his aides repeatedly, according to reports.
Saudi authorities have blamed his murder on a "rogue operation".