Saudi Arabia is a key USA economic, diplomatic and strategic partner in the Middle East, though relations have been strained since the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the kingdom. Aligning so closely with Saudi Arabia isolates Turkey, a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and security partner in the region, and unnecessarily antagonizes Iran.
The employee said the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia contrasts with the 2016 cancellation of Cirque performances in North Carolina to protest a law limiting protections offered to the LGBTQ community.
Washington is not only facing pressure from the worldwide community but also from the senators who have demanded stringent actions like sanctions against Riyadh.
"Pretty hard for me to believe that 15 people just on their own fly to Turkey and chop somebody up in a consulate and never tell anybody in Saudi Arabia about it".
Erdogan added: "The crown prince says, 'I will clarify the matter, I will do what is necessary.' We are waiting patiently".
"The tape is really awful", Erdogan said, according to Posta.
The body has never been found.
"His royal highness the crown prince has nothing to do with this issue", he said.
The call was part of a recording that Turkish officials played for Haspel during her visit in Oct to Ankara, Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, which Turkey has shared with Western allies, are "appalling" and shocked a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to them, Turkish media reported on Tuesday. "This process can not be closed down in this way", he added.More news: Democrat Krysten Sinema Closes In On Senate Win
In the recording, a member of the Saudi hit squad says, "tell your boss", the NYT reported Monday, citing USA intelligence officials pointing to the crown prince as the presumed boss who could have ordered such an act inside a Saudi diplomatic mission.
He has gone back and forth between demanding full accountability for the journalist's murder and emphasising the strategic importance of the US-Saudi alliance, going so far as to say any punishment imposed on Riyadh will not include a halt to US arms sales.
Prosecutors said this specialist was working without the direct knowledge of his boss.
The US did not have an ambassador to Saudi Arabia when Khashoggi was killed - the post has been vacant since January 2017.
The Turkish government is demanding the suspects be investigated and put on trial in Turkey. The West Point graduate, who according to The New York Times twice declined the diplomatic post, will now be competing with a longstanding backchannel between Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
On Friday, he reiterated his belief that he was sure that King Salman of Saudi Arabia was not in any way involved, so his comments represented a pointed signal that he holds the crown prince responsible for Khashoggi's death.
Saudi officials characterize the killing as a rogue operation carried out by Saudi agents who exceeded their authority.
Khashoggi, a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, was killed on October 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Mr Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.
In his writing, he was especially critical of the crown prince, who had been leading a wide-reaching crackdown on activists and critics inside the kingdom since a year ago.