Jamal Khashoggi's last words caught on shocking tapes

Asked in the Fox interview if the crown prince lied to him about his involvement, Trump replied, "I don't know". On the contrary, reports suggest that the Central Intelligence Agency is convinced that the crown prince ordered the killing himself.

In the footage he can be seen wearing black and white trainers - different to Mr Khashoggi's black leather shoes clearly visible on the CCTV from the moment when he entered the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

"After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia previous year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States".

Trump contended the United States has already taken "strong action" against the alleged perpetrators of the crime.

"King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr Khashoggi", Trump said in the statement released on Tuesday local time.

Akar's comments in Canada come as Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told Asharq al-Awsat news, that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had not claimed that the murder order was "given by senior Saudi government officials, but not MBS".

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A source familiar with the CIA's assessment said it was based largely on circumstantial evidence relating to the prince's central role in running the Saudi government.

Despite the Central Intelligence Agency conclusion, he said, "we may never know all the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region", said the USA president. He pointed out that the USA has imposed individual sanctions on 17 Saudis identified by Riyadh for their alleged involvement in the 2 October murder.

Trump's statement seeks to portray Saudi Arabia as an essential U.S. ally in a struggle against Iran, and an irreplaceable customer for United States arms sales.

European Union member states will consider additional measures, he said.

News agencies, including Reuters, reported the CIA's finding at the weekend in a case that has sparked an global outcry against the world's top oil exporter. Four of the calls were reportedly between Mutreb and Saud al-Qahtani the former aid to the Crown who was relieved of his duties last month. He said that it was "possible" and that it was also possible that people will never know the truth.