Twitter reportedly suspended a rash of pro-Saudi Arabian bots from their website on Thursday after the accounts pushed alternative narratives about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "But we're waiting for the results of about - there are three different investigations, and we should be able to get to the bottom fairly soon". But we'll see what happens'.
"US President Donald Trump reversed course on Thursday, saying it "certainly looks like" Khashoggi is dead", after remaining noncommittal about his status for days.
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Asked if he heard or asked to hear audio of Khashoggi's alleged slaying, he said: "I don't have anything to say about that". Authorities have not said specifically what they found, although technicians carried out bags and boxes from the consul general's home.
As the United States toughened its response to Khashoggi's disappearance, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pulled out of a major Saudi investment conference Thursday amid global pressure. Trump's comments, however, signalled an urgency in completing the probe into the disappearance of the journalist, last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Mnuchin tweeted the decision after meeting with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who just returned from Saudi Arabia and Turkey to speak with their leadership about what happened to Khashoggi.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists, said that a "one-sided" investigation by Saudi Arabia was not good enough.
The Saudis have so far denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.
Meantime, former VP Joe Biden said the Trump administration "seems to have a love affair with autocrats" and authoritarian regimes. Whether any of the pushback and outrage will lead to any rethinking of the U.Sadministration's's approach to Saudi Arabia, however, remains to be seen.
Saudi Arabia has become a major tech backer in recent years, investing significant funds in companies like Uber, Tesla, and WeWork and contributing billions of dollars to SoftBank's Vision Fund as it looks to move its economy beyond oil.
"Given the reports surrounding Mr Khashoggi's disappearance, America's relationship with Saudi Arabia ought to be carefully scrutinised, as should any possible sale of United States weapons to Saudi Arabia", he said.