US Senate advances vote on ending military support for Saudis in Yemen


"And it's up to you to figure out what that change needs to be", Graham, a congressional ally of President Donald Trump, told reporters at a Capitol Hill press conference.

The effort to stop American involvement in Yemen is still a long way from a done deal.

As the Senate considers this week a joint resolution condemning the crown prince for the killing, something that the president would have to sign or veto if passed by Congress, Trump said he would meet with senators. Still, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., calls the vote "a profound message". "That's a profound statement that will reverberate all over the world". The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said he intends to lead a "deep dive" into Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Some of them have criticized the USA response as weak and urged harsher action against Saudi Arabia. The bipartisan legislation set for next year is cosponsored by Menendez and Senator Todd Young, an Indiana Republican. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen. Only 44 senators voted for it in March.

The Saudi government is now grappling with an global crisis over the murder of prominent dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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"We do have to work with them in that case", she said of the Saudis, adding, "I think we need to have a serious hard talk with the Saudis to let them know we won't condone this". "And people began to ask, why are we allied with a Saudi war in Yemen which is killing children?"

Earlier on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the administration's handling of Khashoggi's killing. "Because - and I think they will". Bob Corker of Tennessee, who leads the foreign relations committee on which Gardner sits.

Bennet, a Democrat, was in the 63-37 majority to advance that bill in a vote last month. She has already briefed some US senators. Congress has less than two weeks before they are expected to wrap for the year. A Saudi-led coalition backed by the USA has attempted to wrest back control of the neighboring country, but has been largely locked in a stalemate.

In a move that has infuriated many in Trump's own party, the President cast doubt on the CIA's assessment that bin Salman personally ordered the killing and has instead emphasized the importance of America's ties to Saudi Arabia.

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Turkish officials have said that these phone calls were made to senior figures in Riyadh responsible for ordering the murder. Officials in the State Department and Pentagon also sought to reign in Kushner's contacts, the Times said.

But, in the Senate at least, the Khashoggi killing has put a substantial strain on that relationship.

In addition to Putin and Trump, Khashoggi is vying for the honor alongside families whom Trump separated at the US border in a bid to halt future illegal immigration; the director of this year's acclaimed Black Panther movie, Ryan Coogler; Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Christine Blasey Ford, who brought sexual assault allegations against Trump's second pick for the US Supreme Court. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a longtime booster of both Trump and Saudi Arabia, clearly agrees.

The CIA believes his death was a hit carried out at the behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto leader.

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