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  • enator Chris Murphy (D-CT) speaks after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military support for the war in Yemen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    enator Chris Murphy (D-CT) speaks after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military support for the war in Yemen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 December 2018

The US Senate Thursday voted to end military support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen, condemning the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The U.S. Senate Thursday approved a resolution by a 56-41 vote that would require the U.S. to end its military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, heating up pressure on President Donald Trump who has aligned himself with the Saudi's in recent months. 

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Furthermore, The Senate passed a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking after the vote, independent Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted his joy at the resolution, saying "I want to thank my colleagues and the many people at the grassroots level who helped us pass this historic resolution. Today, 45 years after the passage of the War Powers Act, the U.S. Senate finally used that authority for the first time."

ABC news reported that, "The vote came just hours after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo begged members of the House during a closed-door briefing to continue supporting Saudi Arabia in its war with Yemen."

However, pleas fell on deaf ears as a message was sent to President Trump that his future alignments will be closely scrutinized.

It has been a horrid week for the president, with his former lawyer, Michael Cohen being sentenced to three years in prison for crimes that included making false statements to Congress, tax evasion, and arranging payments during the 2016 election to silence women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.


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