Earlier this month, a Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, reportedly went missing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Now his fiance is requesting the help of the Trump administration to find Khashoggi.
According to The Washington Post, Khashoggi went to the consulate for “what should have been routine paperwork,” yet his fiance who waited for him outside claims he did not leave the building, despite Saudi Arabia’s claims that he did. Khashoggi reportedly closely follows the Saudi royalty and communicates with them, but has been critical in the last year. He also moved out of the kingdom after being told to no longer write or use Twitter.
“I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice. To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot,” Khashoggi wrote in September 2017.
In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Hatice Cengiz called on President Trump and the first lady to “help shed light on Jamal’s disappearance.”
According to Cengiz, Khashoggi recently applied for U.S. citizenship.
“We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans. After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date,” Cengiz wrote. “All we needed was a piece of paper.”
Cengiz also called on Saudi Arabia, King Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to “show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate.”
“Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened,” Cengiz wrote. “Jamal is a valuable person, an exemplary thinker and a courageous man who has been fighting for his principles. I don’t know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey.”
President Trump commented on the missing journalist Wednesday, claiming that he spoke with a senior Saudi leader; he said Cengiz wrote him a letter and the administration wants to “bring her to the White House.”
“It’s a very sad situation, it’s a very bad situation, Trump said. “We cannot let this happen, to reporters, to anybody.”
"It's a very serious situation for us and this White House. ... I think we'll get to the bottom of it,” he added.
After Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) commented on the disappearance, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) encouraged him to join him in opposing further arms sales and military support to Saudi Arabia.