"We want to see what's going on there", he said.
The fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has asked President Donald Trump to help uncover what happened to the Riyadh critic who she said had "been fighting for his principles". "We're demanding everything", Mr Trump said when asked if he was demanding information from the Saudis.
Trump also said that the White House would be meeting with Khashoggi's fiancee, though at the time, he referred to her as Khashoggi's "wife". "If they have the ability and also the audacity to go into another country and kill a journalist, these aren't the kind of people maybe that we want to be selling arms to". "It's a bad situation", Trump said in the Oval Office. He went in and doesn't look like he came out.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he spoke with the Saudi leadership "at the highest level" regarding the fate of the missing journalist.
'I would certainly concerned, ' he said.
"We don't know what has happened to him".
The Magnitsky Act gives the Trump administration 120 days to respond to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a decision on potential sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations.
In another Fox News interview late Wednesday, Trump said it is too early for him to commit to any possible response should Saudi Arabia be responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance. He says that stepping back from arms sales to the Saudis "a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country". "But I have to find out what happened", the president said.
Several other U.S. lawmakers have also raised concerns, saying the United States should reevaluate its ties to Saudi Arabia in light of the journalist's case. He also called for at least a temporary halt in USA military support for the Saudi bombing campaign against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.
The US and the United Kingdom have both called on the Saudi government to step up its investigation into the disappearance.
"Well, I think that would be hurting us", he said.
Graham told Al Jazeera on Thursday that he has read USA intelligence that points to the Saudi government's involvement in the disappearance of the Saudi writer.
He added, "The Saudis continue to claim that they aren't targeting civilians inside Yemen, but how can we believe them when they apparently just hunted down and murdered an American resident whose only offense was writing critical articles about the Saudi royal family?"
The Saudi ambassador to Turkey was summoned to the ministry to request Riyadh's cooperation in the investigation, a Turkish official said.
The Post, a newspaper to which Khashoggi contributed, cited unnamed U.S. officials as saying that Saudi officials had been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the USA state of Virginia, where he resided, and detain him.
The Post, citing anonymous USA officials familiar with the intelligence, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that us intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi.
"In most cases, their arrests have never been officially confirmed and no official has ever said where they are being held or what they are charged with", RSF, which defends press freedom around the world, said in a statement. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar past year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.
The first plane of nine Saudis arrived from Riyadh around 3:30 a.m. that day, and included an individual described as a forensics official, according to the Sabah newspaper.