WWE Rumor Mill: Crown Jewel will NOT go ahead as planned

Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC

Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC

Trump pledged unspecified "severe punishment" in a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday should the us determine Saudi involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who had written columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi, who moved to the United States in 2017 and worked as a columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared in Turkey on October 2 when he reportedly entered the building of Saudi Arabia's Consulate in the city of Istanbul.

With the explosive claim by Turkish authorities that Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi leadership, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, several major US business leaders and media companies have withdrawn from the investors conference set for later this month.

Trump's words led to a plunge of Saudi Arabia's stock market, in a possible foreshadowing of what could take place if countries take action against Riyadh in the form of sanctions.

Cengiz wrote in the New York Times on Saturday: "In recent days, I saw reports about President Trump wanting to invite me to the White House. That I can tell you", echoing calls from other lawmakers that they would pursue sanctions against the kingdom.

The writer, an advocate for reform and a thorn in the side of the country's autocratic Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, left Saudi Arabia a year ago over fears for his safety.

Bahrain affirmed its "full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against all those who attempt to undermine it or seek to harm it, stressing its strong rejection of those who attempt to harm its policy, position and sovereignty".

As global pressure is mounting on Saudi rulers by various governments and rights group over disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Trump's administration still seems to be following an undetermined policy toward Riyadh on this issue, prompting many analysts to believe that Washington prefers Saudi trade over the value of human life.

Cengiz, who spent hours waiting for Khashoggi outside while holding his mobile phones, says her fiancée never walked out of the consulate to meet her. Surveillance footage shows her pacing around outside at 5:33 p.m., speaking on her mobile phone.

This would be the WWE's second show in Saudi Arabia of 2018.

Business barons including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses like Bloomberg and CNN, have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh.

"There's a lot at stake".

"We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment".

Khashoggi, whose 60th birthday was Saturday, went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood on September 28 seeking documents so he could be married to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Saudis welcomed the joint effort and said the kingdom was keen "to sustain the security and safety of its citizenry, wherever they might happen to be".

Trump made a point of visiting the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Turkish sources claim he was killed by a hit squad of Saudi agents.

Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail USA military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen.

Pressure has mounted on the WWE to cancel the event, or change the location of it, following the drama that now surrounds the country of Saudi Arabia. The president cited the effects such action may have on American businesses.

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