Chinese President Xi Jinping sits next to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (not in the picture) during a ceremony to sign agreements between both countries at Moncloa Palace on November 28, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Xi Jinping is on a tour to sign investment projects and trade agreements with Spain as well as to advance on the bilateral relationships of both countries. This is the first official visit by a President of China to the Spain in 13 years.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sits next to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (not in the picture) during a ceremony to sign agreements between both countries at Moncloa Palace on November 28, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Xi Jinping is on a tour to sign investment projects and trade agreements with Spain as well as to advance on the bilateral relationships of both countries. This is the first official visit by a President of China to the Spain in 13 years.

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.

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.

Guests

  • 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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