Se­nate de­fies Trump, shows anger with Saudis for Khashoggi

Belleville News-Democrat - - Nation & World - BY MARY CLARE JALONICK AND SUSANNAH GE­ORGE

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

The vote 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 long­stand­ing U.S. re­la­tion­ship with Riyadh over the killing.

Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo and Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis both came to Capi­tol Hill to ur­gently lobby against the res­o­lu­tion, which would call for an end to U.S. mil­i­tary as­sis­tance for the con­flict that hu­man rights ad­vo­cates say is wreak­ing havoc on Ye­men and sub­ject­ing civil­ians to in­dis­crim­i­nate bomb­ing.

The vote showed a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Repub­li­cans were will­ing to break with Trump to ex­press their deep dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Saudi Ara­bia and with the U.S. re­sponse to Khashoggi’s bru­tal killing in Turkey last month.

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