It's very simple. Bad deal.
The new version of events, described to AP by two Saudi officials, comes three weeks after the kingdom said Khashoggi left the consulate on his own and insisted Turkish claims he was killed by an assassination squad were unfounded.
Trump also told the newspaper that he didn't think the Saudi ruler, King Salman, knew that Khashoggi was a target. Under Crown Prince Salman, the kingdom has sought to lessen its reliance on oil money and pivot to a more diversified investment strategy with a focus on innovative US businesses.
Trump contrasted Saudi Arabia with Iran, which he said had done "vicious, frightful things", and added: "That's no excuse for what happened with Saudi Arabia".
And in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday evening, the president, asked about Prince Mohammed's possible involvement in the killing, said, "he's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him".
Erdogan also called on Saudi King Salman "to do what it takes because the crime has taken place in Istanbul and we need to know".
"I know that, from a certain standpoint, you could also say, 'Well, it doesn't matter, because it is a bad thing.' But we would be really hurting ourselves".
Trump also told reporters that he felt Erdogan was "pretty rough" on Saudi Arabia in his remarks in parliament on Tuesday, after the Turkish president repeatedly called the death of the former Washington Post writer a murder throughout his speech.
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"We are making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", he said.
The president elaborated on his comments Tuesday evening at a briefing with military leaders, saying, "I would say it was a total fiasco, from day one, from the thought, whoever put it in their minds, that was not a good thought".
Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel has travelled to Turkey to join the investigation. The journalist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
He didn't say whether the United States would impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia, a longtime ally in the Middle East, however, or on members of the country's royal family.
"All of this is contingent on a real investigation that digs into the facts", he said. "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience", he said.
Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has cultivated a personal relationship with Prince Mohammed and urged Trump to act with caution to avoid upsetting a critical strategic and economic relationship, a senior administration official said.
Saudi Arabia has most recently said Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after a discussion at the consulate erupted into a brawl.
While Mr Erdogan stopped short of making direct accusations, his speech adds to pressure on Riyadh, which has been facing a wave of worldwide scepticism since claiming over the weekend that Crown Prince Mohammed was not involved in the killing.
He, however, acknowledged Turkey was still searching for answers to key questions, including who gave the order.