Trump Bluntly Responds To Reporter Asking About FBI Involvement In Khashoggi Investigation

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President Donald Trump had some members of the press and other bystanders chuckling when he had an apparently brash response to one reporter’s probing Tuesday in the Oval Office.

When asked why he hasn’t instructed the FBI to help investigate the death of late reporter Jamal Khashoggi, the president responded bluntly. (RELATED: Multiple Suspects In Alleged Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi Have Links To Saudi Crown Prince)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said the meeting was on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said the meeting was on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“I mean we are talking about a man who lives across the river in Virginia” the reporter started, “why not send the FBI in to figure all of this out?”

“Well he wasn’t a citizen of this country for one thing and we are going to determine that, and you don’t know whether or not we have do you?” Trump responded.

“Well I … I,” the reporter muttered.

“No but do you know whether or not we have sent the FBI?” Trump pressed

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) talks to journalists while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said the meeting was on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) talks to journalists while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said the meeting was on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Have you sent the FBI?” he responded.

“Uh huh I am not going to tell you.”

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) talks to reporters while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said the meeting was on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) talks to reporters while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said the meeting was on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s response was met with some laughter, and a follow up question from the reporter: “why wont you tell us?”

“Why would I tell you?” Trump said.

He then quickly moved on to another question.

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