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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate advanced a bill to consider ending all U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. The vote is a bipartisan rebuke to President Trump, who has made Saudi Arabia the cornerstone of his strategy in the Middle East.
The president recently dismissed the CIA’s conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman likely ordered the execution of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
But not every Republican agrees … and it affected their vote.
Even the president’s close ally Sen. Lindsey Graham voted in favor, saying he changed his mind on the legislation, “because I’m pissed.”
“The way the administration has handled the Saudi Arabia event is just not acceptable,” Graham added, saying top administration officials’ explanations thus far, did “not help me at all better understand the role” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played in the operation to kill Khashoggi.
The Senate vote came the same day the president boarded a flight to this year’s G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. President Trump is scheduled to meet with more than a half-dozen world leaders – including Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The United States and China have been locked in a costly trade war since July. If no deal is made by January, U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods are expected to increase from 10 percent now to 25 percent in 2019.
One world leader Trump will not be sitting down with? Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president tweeted on Thursday that he had canceled a planned meeting with Putin, due to a recent naval clash between Russia and Ukraine.
Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
The tweet came less than two hours after the Kremlin told reporters that the meeting would take place.
We’ll bring you the latest on these stories, as well as other news from around the globe, with our panel of journalists.
Text by Paige Osburn.
- Peter Bergen CNN's national security analyst; vice president and director of the international security program at New America; author of "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists"; @peterbergencnn
- Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC correspondent and anchor for World News America; @BBCRajiniV
- Courtney Kube National security and military reporter, NBC News; @ckubenbc
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