Trump had previously said that even if the Saudis were to blame for Khashoggi's disappearance, he would not halt billions in arms sales to the country.
"I don't like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States, because you know what they're going to do, they're going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China," Trump said.
He also took pains to emphasize that Khashoggi was not a US citizen.
"It's in Turkey, and it's not a citizen, as I understand it," he said.
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