Trump slammed by Turkey's top diplomat for turning a 'blind eye' to Khashoggi after president says CIA only has 'feelings' on killing

  • Turkey's top diplomat on Friday slammed President Donald Trump for turning a "blind eye" to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Trump on Thursday disputed the CIA's reported conclusion Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's killing.
  • Trump has largely accepted the Saudi narrative that the prince knew nothing of the incident, and on Tuesday issued a forceful defense of Riyadh over Khashoggi's killing. 

Turkey's top diplomat on Friday slammed President Donald Trump for turning a "blind eye" to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the president continues to tout US-Saudi relations amid accusations he's placed arms sales and oil prices above upholding human rights. 

Trump on Thursday disputed the CIA's reported conclusion Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's killing, suggesting the agency simply has "feelings" on what happened to the journalist. 

"They have not concluded. Nobody's concluded. I don't know if anybody's going to be able to conclude that the Crown Prince did it," Trump said. "They said he might have done it. That's a big difference."

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 05: People hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi Consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials who believe that the writer is still inside and being held by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self -imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 07: Members of the press report from in front of the entrance of the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 7, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice (L) and her friend wait in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 3, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 07: Security cameras are seen at the entrance to the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 7, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 05: People hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi Consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials who believe that the writer is still inside and being held by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self -imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 07: A man passes through police barricades to enter the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 7, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Saudi officials gather outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 7, 2018. - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is following the developments on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who has gone missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, to complete routine paperwork. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP) (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 07: Official cars are seen parked in front of the entrance of the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 7, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Turkish journalist Turan Kislakci head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association talks to the media outside of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 7, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. According to a Turkish unnamed government official the prominent Saudi journalist was murdered inside the Saudi mission in Istanbul after he went missing. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP) (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 05: An entrance sign is seen at the front of the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi Consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials who believe that the writer is still inside and being held by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self -imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 05: The Saudi Arabia national flag is seen above the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi Consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials who believe that the writer is still inside and being held by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self -imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 05: Members of the media film and report outside the entrance to the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi Consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials who believe that the writer is still inside and being held by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self -imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 05: People hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the Saudi Arabia Consulate on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi Consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials who believe that the writer is still inside and being held by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self -imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, on December 15, 2014. The pan-Arab satellite news broadcaster owned by billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed bin Talal will go on air February 1, promising to 'break the mould' in a crowded field.AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)
A Saudi diplomatic vehicle leaves the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 3, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice (L) and her friends wait in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 3, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee waists beside an entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 4, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee of the consulate checks a diplomatic vehicle in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 4, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The president also claimed Prince Mohammed "hates" what happened to Khashoggi more than he does, adding that the prince "vehemently" denies involvement.

"I hate the crime, I hate the cover-up. I will tell you this: The crown prince hates it more than I do, and they have vehemently denied it," Trump said.

Read more: Turkey says the CIA has a 'smoking gun' tape nailing the Saudi crown prince in the Khashoggi case

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Saudi Arabia initially denied any involvement in Khashoggi's fate, but ultimately acknowledged he was killed by agents of the government within the consulate. But the Saudi leadership has maintained Prince Mohammed had nothing to do with it.

Trump has largely accepted the Saudi narrative and on Tuesday issued a forceful defense of Riyadh over Khashoggi's killing. 

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In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks about the upcoming two-day G-20 summit during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey's top diplomat Cavusoglu says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has requested to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo R meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., the United States, on Nov. 20, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Jie) (Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, speaks during a joint press conference with European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Mogherini on Thursday expressed "strong concerns" over the continued detentions of academics and activists in Turkey. Federica Mogherini also called for the release of Turkey's former pro-Kurdish party leader Selahattin Demirtas from jail, in line with a European Court of Human Rights ruling this week. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, walks with the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey,Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are meeting Turkish officials for talks focusing on Turkey's long-stalled membership bid, days after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled Turkey would not abide by European Court of Human Rights ruling calling on it to release a jailed former pro-Kurdish opposition leader.(Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)
CORRECTS DATE Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, shakes hands with the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are meeting Turkish officials for talks focusing on Turkey's long-stalled membership bid, days after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled Turkey would not abide by European Court of Human Rights ruling calling on it to release a jailed former pro-Kurdish opposition leader. (Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)
CORRECTS DATE Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, poses with the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, center, and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Mogherini and Hahn are meeting Turkish officials for talks focusing on Turkey's long-stalled membership bid, days after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signalled Turkey would not abide by European Court of Human Rights ruling calling on it to release a jailed former pro-Kurdish opposition leader. (Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)
ANKARA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 22: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, EU Neighborhood Policy Minister Johannes Hahn (not seen), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini (not seen) hold a joint press conference within 'The High-Level Political Dialogue Meeting between Turkey and the European Union' in Ankara, Turkey on November 22, 2018. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 22: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C), EU Neighborhood Policy Minister Johannes Hahn (R), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini (L) hold a joint press conference within 'Turkey-EU High-Level Political Dialogue Meeting' in Ankara, Turkey on November 22, 2018. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 22: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) participates in 'The High-Level Political Dialogue Meeting between Turkey and the European Union' in Ankara, Turkey on November 22, 2018. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - NOVEMBER 20: Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) holds a press conference in Washington, United States on November 20, 2018. (Photo by Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - NOVEMBER 20: Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) meets US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (L) in Washington, United States on November 20, 2018. (Photo by Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reacted to much of this on Friday, telling CNN, "In a way, Mr. Trump's statement means 'Come what may, I will turn a blind eye on this.' This approach is wrong. Money is not everything. We should not distance ourselves from human values."

Cavusoglu added, "We found the US president's statement about [Prince Mohammed's] involvement where he said 'Maybe he did, maybe he didn't,' interesting. What he based this on, we don't know."

Read more: 'Saudi Arabia First, not America First': Even top GOP allies of Trump are railing against his defense of Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's killing

Trump has so far refused to support any significant changes to the US-Saudi partnership amid bipartisan calls in Congress for the relationship to be reevaluated. The Treasury Department recently sanctioned 17 Saudi nationals allegedly connected to Khashoggi's killing, and the Trump administration seems to feel this suffices in terms of a response. 

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