After praising lawmakers - including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who has sharply criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the episode - Trump said he is "going to have very much Congress involved" in determining the USA response.
In a swift round of firings, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saudi will dismiss Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, and Ahmed al-Asiri, the deputy chief of the Mukhabarat, the country's leading spy agency, state-run Saudi news channels report.
In this instance, however, we think the market is right to discount the bullish risk of what reportedly happened to Khashoggi for two reasons; 1- neither the USA nor Saudi Arabia want to see higher oil prices and...
"They must have thought they could somehow get away with it because the Trump administration wouldn't hold them to account", Sawers said.
Investigators are working to hold those involved with Khashoggi's death responsible, according to the statement.
"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable", Trump said.
The United States warned Friday of a "wide range" of responses should it determine that Saudi Arabia is behind the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkey widened its investigation into the scandal.
Mr Trump said today that he wants to talk to the Saudi crown prince before next steps are taken.
Saudi Arabia, the statement mentioned, expressed "deep regret at the painful outcome" and said it would bring the perpetrators "to justice by referring them to the competent courts in [the] Kingdom".
Saudi officials confirmed the death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi this evening, announced in dead of night, Saudi time. Nearly simultaneously, King Salman issued royal orders removing Saud al-Qahtani - a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - from his position. The kingdom also said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials had been fired.
Saudi Arabia also noted that the suspect tried "to hide what happened and to cover it up".
On Thursday, a leaked surveillance photo put Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage on trips to the U.S., France and Spain this year, at the consulate just ahead of Khashoggi's arrival.
An official familiar with the Saudi operation said: 'There were no orders for them to kill him or even specifically kidnap him.
Until recently, the inquiry has focused on the consulate in Istanbul's Levent district and the nearby residence of the Saudi consul general, Mohammed al-Otaibi, who left Turkey this week.
The White House issued a statement in response to the Saudi state media report, saying, "We will continue to closely follow the worldwide investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process".
But pro-government Turkish media have repeatedly claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and decapitated by a Saudi hit squad inside the diplomatic mission, although Turkey has yet to divulge details about the investigation. It'll be interesting to see if his hands turn up and, if so, whether they retain any fingers.