Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the Khashoggi murder during his remarks to the press on October 23 (via state.gov):
… the State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts, consult with Congress, and work with other nations, and work to hold accountable those responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The administration is also taking appropriate actions now, given the information currently available to the United States.
We have identified at least some of the individuals responsible, including those in the intelligence services, the Royal Court, the foreign ministry, and other Saudi ministries who we suspect to have been involved in Mr. Khashoggi’s death. We are taking appropriate actions, which include revoking visas, entering visa lookouts, and other measures. We are also working with the Treasury Department to review the applicability of Global Magnitsky sanctions to those individuals.
These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States. We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those responsible accountable. We’re making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence. We continue to maintain a strong partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Neither the President nor I am happy with this situation.
Our shared strategic interests with Saudi Arabia remain. We continue to view as achievable the twin imperatives of protecting America and holding accountable those responsible for the killing of Mr. Khashoggi.
Trump on Khashoggi's killing: "They had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups. It's very simple. Bad deal. Should have never been thought of. Somebody really messed up." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/w9L4yDwsHe
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 23, 2018
With news–"US to Revoke Visas of Some Saudi Officials Implicated in Death of Washington Post Writer Jamal #Khashoggi"
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) October 23, 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for the eighteen suspects Saudi Arabia arrested for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be put on trial in Istanbul. More in the Daily News Brief: https://t.co/G5sJHaqFQh (Photo: Umit Bektas/Reuters) pic.twitter.com/xYTfp9vRge
— CFR (@CFR_org) October 23, 2018
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) October 16, 2018
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh, $100 million in Saudi cash, earmarked for aid to help stabilize Syria, arrived in American accounts https://t.co/XgKq2xdoL7
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) October 17, 2018
stmts by @SecPompeo & @realDonaldTrump are a betrayal of US historic commitment to protection of journalists. the only viable response right now is a credible int’l investigation not a whitewash. #JamalKhashoggi https://t.co/Mb1YHydT7Y
— David Kaye (@davidakaye) October 17, 2018
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) October 16, 2018
Pompeo says Saudis promise to punish wrongdoers in Khashoggi case https://t.co/9gDod1civf
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 17, 2018
"I emphasized the importance of conducting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation, and the Saudi leadership pledged to deliver precisely on that," Sec. Pompeo says following meetings with Saudi leaders. https://t.co/Zj4mlZb9UV pic.twitter.com/TTiiAHHJta
— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2018
Pompeo “is providing cover for the Saudis to say ‘Yes, we’ll have a credible investigation of ourselves.’…The United States – the President and the Secretary of State – are playing press officers for the King and the Crown Prince,” says @djrothkopf @NewsHour tonight.
— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) October 16, 2018
AND NOW THIS – THE 70th SECRETARY OF STATE GETS THE ONION TREATMENT – THE GORY VERSION.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 16, 2018