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>> The resolution has agreed to->> The US Senate voting on Thursday to withdraw support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, a stunning rebuke to an American ally, and to President Trump, prompted in part by outrage over the killing of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.>> Let us go forward today and tell the world that the United States of America will not continue to be part of the worst humanitarian disaster on the face of the Earth.
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>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are defying President Trump, who says that Khashoggi's death should not affect American policy in the Middle East.>> There are other things we can do.>> But the killing of the journalist combined with a gruesome human toll of Yemen civil war have united lawmakers in the belief that Congress must act.
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>> The motion is agreed to.>> It's the first time the Senate has ever directly tried to reign in the actions of a US President in this way, invoking the 1973 War Powers Act that was created in response to President Nixon's secret bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
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As they did then, Republicans and Democrats alike are defying the White House, which has downplayed evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's murder. The Senate also unanimously passing a separate resolution.>> The United States Senate has said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
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>> Khashoggi's death is only adding to senators' growing anger over the Saudi's bombing of civilians in Yemen's civil war, which has killed tens of thousands.>> We've gone somewhat blindly into war. The fact that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has been implicated in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, maybe, just maybe, this is enough of a reason for us to not be fighting a war on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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>> The Trump administration has urged lawmakers not to oppose US refueling and other support for the Saudi-led coalition as it battles Houthi rebels that they see as agents of Iran.>> Nobody's talking about the real enemy of the United States. It's the Iranians who are watching this debate and smiling because no one's talking about them.
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>> This measure won't become law. It won't even come up for a vote in the House of Representatives. But it's a sign that lawmakers are less inclined to give Trump the benefit of the doubt when it comes to foreign policy, traditionally an area where presidents have wide latitude to do what they want.