Saudi crown prince meets India’s Modi in Argentina

Saudi crown prince meets India’s Modi in Argentina

Bernie Sanders of Vermont, drew a mix of Democrats and Republicans who had grown uneasy with US involvement in the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Mike Lee of Utah and Independent Sen.

The ongoing conflict has pushed millions of Yemeni civilians to the brink of starvation. UNICEF has declared it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

After repeated calls from members of Congress for a strong USA response, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefed the Senate behind closed doors about Saudi Arabia and the October 2 murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and on the war in Yemen.

She and 18 other senators switched their votes from the last time the measure was voted on in March when it failed by six votes. The administration "did not win any votes", he said, and there was a lot of frustration that CIA Director Gina Haspel did not attend.

Under a headline "We don't condone Jamal Khashoggi's murder".

And Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is often strongly allied with Trump, voted to move forward with the resolution and said he would insist on a briefing from Haspel.

In Yemen, he added that Iran's backed Houthis "have occupied Saudi territory, seized a major port, and, with Iranian help, improved their ballistic-missile targeting so that they can shoot at Riyadh's worldwide airport..." "I'm not going to blow past this", he said.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding that US lobbying firms employed by Saudi Arabia detail the scope of their work and explain whether their business dealings with Riyadh reflect American values, letters published by the lawmaker showed on Thursday. "Having said that, the way the administration has handled the Saudi Arabia is just not acceptable".

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations panel, said he would switch his vote and support the resolution.

"It's outrageous that the Senate can be stonewalled from hearing from the Central Intelligence Agency director", Menendez said.

In a statement, CIA Press Secretary Timothy Barrett said that no one kept Haspel away from the briefing.

The administration is also downplaying any connection between bin Salman and Khashoggi's murder, a connection that the intelligence community, with "high confidence", has concluded exists.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman must have at least known about the plan to kill Khashoggi last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) is defending the US role in Yemen in excerpts of prepared remarks he's expected to deliver to members of the Senate.

The Senate will continue debate on the measure next week.

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