US senators defy Trump to send rebuke to Saudis over Yemen, Khashoggi

Nov 30, 2018, 16:00 IST | Agencies

By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen

US senators defy Trump to send rebuke to Saudis over Yemen, Khashoggi
Donald Trump. Pic/AFP

Defying President Donald Trump, senators sent a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The vote on Wednesday was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but also to Trump's administration, which has made clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing U.S. relationship with Riyadh. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis both came to Capitol Hill to urgently lobby against the resolution. Wednesday's procedural vote sets up a floor debate on the resolution next week. It would be largely a symbolic move.

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