Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.
A week ago, Jamal Khashoggi went inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get a document needed to get married.
The president tells "Fox & Friends" that Khashoggi "went in and it doesn't look like he came out" from the consulate. He left Saudi Arabia past year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post.
Riyadh has denied Khashoggi was killed or detained on its Istanbul premises, and claims that the veteran journalist left the consulate shortly after entering.
The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance "baseless", but had no immediate comment on Turkey's announcement that it will search the consulate. There were no details about when the search would take place.
The Khashoggi family confirmed that they are coordinating with the Saudi government to learn about the latest developments in the case. Following the Post report, State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said the USA "had no advanced knowledge of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance".
"We hope to have results very quickly", Erdogan said.
Protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 8, 2018.
The surveillance image, which the newspaper said it received from a "person close to the investigation", includes an October 2 time stamp of Khashoggi, 59, walking to the consulate's main entrance.
"When President Trump became president, we've changed our armament strategy again for the next 10 years to put more than 60% with the United States of America", he added.
He said they were made in NY, but gave no details about who was involved.
Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first global trip as president and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales to the country. They claim he left the consulate on the same day he entered it.
Saudi Arabia, which has denied the accusations, is under vast global pressure, including from the U.S. and the European Union, to support a "thorough and open" probe into the journalist's disappearance. "We're working with Turkey, and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia", the U.S. president said in an interview on the Fox News.
Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged allies of Saudi Arabia to review their ties with its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She also asked the Saudi government to release closed-circuit TV footage from inside the consulate to shed light on what happened to her fiancé.