Photos: Saudi Crown Prince Offers Condolences to Jamal Khashoggi's Son After Killing He Allegedly Ordered

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has offered condolences to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's son, despite allegedly ordering the hit on his father.

King Salman also reportedly called the Khashoggi's son Salah and extended his condolences to the journalist's family, the Saudi Press Agency reported. According to the report, Salah thanked the Saudi leaders for their sympathy.

Images of the Crown Prince meeting directly with Khashoggi's son and shaking his hand have also been circulated online. Members of the journalist's family residing in the kingdom have reportedly been barred from leaving, and were already closely monitored prior to Khashoggi's death.

Spare a thought for Khashoggi's son, banned from leaving Saudi Arabia, who had to go and do this today

— Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 23, 2018

Khashoggi was never seen again after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Reports emerged from Turkish officials saying that Saudi officials killed and allegedly dismembered the journalist. Although Riyadh initially denied the murder altogether, the kingdom later admitted that Khashoggi had been killed, but said a fight had broken out and his death was not intentional. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted on Tuesday that the killing was "planned" beforehand, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Saudi Arabia has also maintained that top officials, such as King Salman and Prince Mohammed, were unaware of the operation. But analysts, experts and Turkish officials have said it is unlikely the operation would have been carried out without approval from the top. In addition to his royal duties, the crown prince serves as the chairman of Saudi Arabia's Council of Political and Security Affairs, as well as the kingdom's minister of defense.

President Donald Trump has been reluctant to blame the crown prince directly, even speaking well of the young leader in weekend comments to The Washington Post. He said the crown prince is "seen as a person who can keep things under check."

"I mean that in a positive way," the president added. "He truly loves his country." Trump also said he had not "heard either way" whether the prince was directly involved with the killing.

انفراد/الملك سلمان وولي عهده الامير محمد بن سلمان يستقبلان "سهل وصلاح" نجلي خاشقجي ويقدمان لهما التعازي لوفاة والدهم #جمال_خاشقجي..#السعودية

— انفراد الاخبارية (@EnferaadNews) October 23, 2018

However, on Monday, Trump said, "I am not satisfied with what I have heard," according to The New York Times. But he also reiterated the importance of a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom.

Lawmakers in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans, have called for sanctions and a shift in the U.S. relationship with Riyadh in the wake of the journalist's disappearance and confirmed killing. Many are skeptical of Saudi Arabia's claim that the killing was an accident, pointing to the fact that a team of agents allegedly brought a bone saw to the consulate.

"You don't bring a bone saw to an accidental fistfight," Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said Sunday in a television interview with CNN's State of the Union.