Most recently, the Saudis said Khashoggi was killed in a chokehold when he tried to leave the consulate to call for help.
"Where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, when they thought about it", he continued.
Trump has expressed some doubts about the Saudi narrative, however, and on Tuesday described Khashoggi's killing as the "worst" cover-up in history.
Mr Trump did not give his views on who was ultimately responsible.
"We're making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", Pompeo told reporters.
President Erdogan spoke to Prince Mohammed on Wednesday and the two discussed the steps needed to bring to light all aspects of the killing of Khashoggi, a presidential source said. The remaining three are consulate staff who have been detained in connection with Khashoggi's "ferocious murder". Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the crown prince, was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by Saudi agents.
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And denied any involvement by bin Salman - denials met with widespread scepticism.
The evidence included video and audio recordings from the consulate and the consul's residence and were shared with visiting Central Intelligence Agency chief Gina Haspel, Sabah newspaper reported.
He is also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king who was detained a year ago as part of what the authorities said was an anti-corruption campaign.
Meanwhile, Turkish crime-scene investigators swarmed a garage Monday night in Istanbul where a Saudi consular vehicle had been parked.
Trump has repeatedly declined to say if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind or aware of the killing as many USA officials and foreign governments have concluded, in part because numerous crown prince's associates were involved in the killing. This photo makes me want to scream and throw up", Manal al-Sharif, the author of Daring to Drive: "a Saudi Woman's Awakening was quoted as saying.
"This brutal murder of a journalist, of an innocent man, of a dissident will not go without an American response and, I expect, without an global response", he said at an event hosted by the Washington Post.
In his interview with the Journal, Trump said he had asked the prince multiple times about the matter. We don't know in terms of details how.
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"It was a total fiasco", Trump said.
Turkey is conducting its own investigation into the killing but it remains unclear where the body of Khashoggi is.
Saudi officials initially claimed he'd left the consulate the day he entered, but two weeks later, they claimed Khashoggi had been killed after a meeting there turned into a fight.
However, this year's summit has been overshadowed by the October 2 killing of Khashoggi. He was told he would need to return later to collect the documents.
Police in Istanbul recently began to search forests and farmlands. The whereabouts of Khashoggi's corpse still remain unknown.
Saudi officials said he was accidentally strangled after getting into a fistfight with a Saudi security team.
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"We're also looking at the contract to try and see what we can do because obviously, as we get clarity on what actually happened to Jamal Khashoggi, Canadians and people around the world will expect consequences". Consulate personnel were given the day off.