“I’m not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does,” he said, adding: “I’ll have a full report on that” when Mr. Pompeo returns late Wednesday or early Thursday. “That’s going to be the first question I ask.”

Asked about his own statements questioning Saudi responsibility for the killing, Mr. Trump said, “I’m not giving cover at all.”He then added that Saudi Arabia “has been a very important ally,” and noted that the kingdom was spending billions of dollars on American weapons. “When I went there, they committed to purchase $450 billion worth of things, and $110 billion worth of military,” the president said, claiming that the orders were the biggest in the history of the world.

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