Donald Trump says he is standing by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince despite a Central Intelligence Agency assessment Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and as senators plea for the US President to condemn the kingdom's de facto ruler.
"I think that the resolution itself is a sufficient answer to the Khashoggi scandal because this is the most important foreign policy priority of MBS", Murphy said, referring to Prince Mohammed.
Khashoggi, who had lived in the USA and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime. His fiancee, who was waiting outside the consulate, raised an alarm after Khashoggi failed to re-emerge from the consulate.
After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that he was killed there, blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives.
Trump condemned the murder but has stood by the Saudi crown prince.
Turkey has held talks with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres about opening an global investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, as lack of cooperation from Saudi Arabia was blocking progress on the case. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other lawmakers, said the legislation will pass when it comes to a full vote in the Senate and that it is meant to hold Saudi leaders accountable for human rights abuses. If the measure is no longer considered privileged, it would no longer move on an expedited path and GOP leaders would have more power to deny the measure from getting a vote.
A final vote on the measure is expected on Thursday, in a largely symbolic action that legislators said is created to send a firm rebuke to both Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.
On Wednesday, House leaders will be briefed by senior administration officials about the Khashoggi murder including a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel. And the Yemen resolution's sponsors have made it clear they'll try to pass the measure again next year, when Democrats control the House.
The top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen.
"And then I think that the administration has to talk about where we go from here".
"Just because you're our ally, you can't kill with impunity", Menendez said.
A United Nations report says that 13 million people face starvation as a result of the conflict and more than 10,000 have died. "They are taking actions in the South China Sea. It's a pretty strong statement for the United States Senate to be making, assuming we can get a vote on it".
Reuters reporters followed by asking if Trump believes that his continued support is critical to MBS ascension to King, as some in the Saudi Royal family are reportedly "agitating to prevent MBS from becoming king, sources close to the royal court have told Reuters, and believe that the United States and Trump could play a determining role". He disappeared shortly after entering the diplomatic building as Saudi Arabia produced various, contradictory narratives to account for his whereabouts.