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Trump says US would be punishing itself by scrapping Saudi arms deal. Donald Trump has said the US would be "punishing ourselves" if it cancelled arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. - A home for your website

The American president said it would be a "tremendous order for our companies" and that the US risked losing business to Russia if it stopped selling the kingdom weapons.

The comments come following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist and as concern mounts over civilian deaths caused by a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemens civil war.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Saturday, he added: "There are other things we can do that are very, very powerful, very strong and well do them."

The billionaire tycoon said his administration secured a $110bn (£83.6bn) military order from Saudi Arabia and that the deal included Saudi commitments to invest heavily in the US. He said the deal was worth hundreds of thousands of US jobs.

"If they dont buy it from us, theyre going to buy it from Russia or theyre going to buy it from China," said Mr Trump.

"Think of that, $110bn. All theyre going to do is give it to other countries, and I think that would be very foolish."

Mr Trumps comments follow reports claiming Mr Khashoggi - a critic of the kingdoms Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - recorded audio on his Apple watch of the moments he was allegedly interrogated, tortured and then killed.

He has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a week ago after apparently giving his fiancee his iPhone, which the watch was synced with.

Turkish officials have said they believe a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" killed Mr Khashoggi there.

President Trump warned the US would inflict "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was behind his disappearance.