Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of the late Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi who disappeared in Istanbul, declined an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House.
Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last month, prompting a Saudi investigation that came to a conclusion that Khashoggi had died in a fistfight inside the building. Turkish officials stated that Khashoggi was beaten, tortured and dismembered. Trump condemned Khashoggi’s death, after saying that he believed the explanation offered by the Saudis, but did not get the United States involved in the ongoing Saudi investigation.
Cengiz said in an interview with the pro-government Turkish channel Haber Turk that the statements Trump made in the first days around his invite and the statements that he made afterward contradicted each other. She believes his statements were only made to gain public sympathy.
Cengiz was previously open to visiting Washington, saying that if Trump makes a genuine contribution to revealing what happened to Khashoggi, she will consider accepting his invitation.
Khashoggi’s fiancée also declared that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called her a few of days after Trump’s invitation and told her that the administration had little to no knowledge of the issue so far. She believes that the call was about showing that they were serious after Trump’s statements.
Cengiz said that she and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were calling for all involved people to testify in order to finish the emotionally painful investigation.
Khashoggi’s fiancée also mentioned that she did not get any calls from the Saudi Arabian government.
She added that she does not want to visit either of the countries and believes it inappropriate to visit the countries at the time.