A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
A team of Turkish police spent more than nine hours in the consulate on October 15 and October 16 and the Associated Press reported that they found "certain evidence" about the killing of the prominent Saudi dissident.
Mr Trump last week threatened "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was found to be responsible for the death, but has decided against cancelling a lucrative arms deal.
He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he went to receive papers he needed to remarry. Prince Mohammed told Reuters previous year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom. "Answers will be forthcoming shortly", the president said in a tweet.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was dispatched by Trump to Riyadh over the Khashoggi case.
President Trump on Tuesday cautioned against blaming Saudi Arabia for the disappearance of activist Jamal Khashoggi before an investigation was completed.
Harsh responses to any gentle criticism or genuine questions have become a hallmark of Saudi foreign policy under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto Saudi leader who is set to inherit the throne from his father, King Salman. The senator said he's been the nation's biggest defender just before calling the Crown Prince "a wrecking ball". "If they knew about it, that would be bad".
Trump said, "I don't like stopping massive amounts of money that's being poured into our country on - I know they're talking about different kinds of sanctions, but they're spending $110 billion on military equipment and on things that create jobs, like jobs and others, for this country".
The foreign minister added that Turkey has given the prosecutor permission to ask for the testimony of people at the Saudi consulate who it deems is related to the investigation into the disappearance. "I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us".
Pompeo had a short discussion with King Salman before a longer meeting with the King's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday.
What is the state of investigation?
The Turkish official also told AP that authorities were likely to search the consul general's home.
However, the Saudis have already waived one aspect of diplomatic immunity: they have allowed Turkish investigators access to the consulate.
Saudi officials have called Turkish allegations that the kingdom killed Khashoggi "baseless", but reports in United States media on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) suggested the Saudis may acknowledge the writer was killed at the consulate, perhaps as part of a botched interrogation.
"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be difficult" the Turkish official said.
What happened with the consulate search?When investigators entered the consulate, they "smelled chemicals had been used", according to two officials in contact with the investigators.
"Turkey's looking at it very strongly".
But CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Khashoggi's death resulted from an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction.
What is alleged to have happened at the consulate?
Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation of what happened to Khashoggi, as several countries - particularly Turkey, the USA, and the United Kingdom - are pressing for the mystery to be cleared up as soon as possible.
An investment conference seen as a platform for the crown prince and dubbed the "Davos in the Desert" which was scheduled to take place in Riyadh next week, has been hit by a string of prominent cancellations.
Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents pictured entering and leaving Turkey on CCTV footage released to media outlets.
On Monday, the Saudi government permitted Turkish officials to inspect the consulate nearly two weeks after Khashoggi first went missing.
Mr Khashoggi was once an adviser to the Saudi royal family but fell out of favour with the country's rulers and went into self-imposed exile.