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 U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to give Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt on Tuesday in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, although top U.S. lawmakers applied pressure on the Saudi leadership. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post and was critical of the Saudi government, vanished 2 weeks ago after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "I think we have to find out what happened first," Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. Earlier in a Twitter post, Trump said "Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate." Trump wrote that the crown prince "told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter. Answers will be forthcoming shortly." U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to Trump on some issues, called the Saudi crown prince a "toxic" figure and a "rogue crown prince" who is jeopardizing relations with the U.S. "Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MbS knowing it," Graham said in an interview with Fox News. "This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey and to expect me to ignore it … I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia."

Iran’s oil minister warned on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump cannot bring down oil prices by "bullying" other nations, and added that the market is suffering from supply shortages. U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports are scheduled to start on November 4. The U.S. administration has been pushing its allies to cut oil purchases from Iran, whilst encouraging Saudi Arabia, OPEC producers and Russia to pump more oil to compensate. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the rise of oil prices is a "self-inflicted pain" caused by U.S. sanctions against Iranian energy exports, and could be resolved by lifting the measures. "The oil market is suffering from short supply and this cannot be resolved by words. Trump thinks he can bring the oil prices down by bullying … Everyone is worried and Trump has failed to reassure them. That's why the market is in turmoil," Zanganeh said.

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