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Pompeo recommends giving Saudis 'a few more days' for Khashoggi investigation

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters outside the West Wing after having lunch with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that he had told President Donald Trump that the United States should give Saudi Arabia a few more days to wrap up its investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“I told President Trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days ... so that we too have a complete understanding of the facts” before deciding on a response, Pompeo told reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Doina Chiacu