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US Senate advances Yemen resolution in rebuke to Trump

IANS  |  Washington 

The US has issued a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump, easily advancing a resolution that would end American military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemens civil war despite a effort to quash the bill.

The administration on Wednesday launched an 11th-hour lobbying frenzy to try to head off momentum for the resolution, dispatching and to Capitol Hill in the morning and issuing a veto threat less than an hour before the vote started, magazine reported.

But lawmakers advanced the resolution, 63-37, even as the administration vowed to stand by following the outcry over the killing of

"There's been a lot of rhetoric that's come from the and from the State Department on this issue," said Senator Bob Corker, of the

"The rhetoric that I've heard and the broadcasts that we've made around the world as to who we are have been way out of balance as it relates to American interests and American values."

The vote advances the resolution out of the Foreign Relations Committee, making it available for action before the full

The small step is a significant victory for supporters of the resolution, which fell six votes short of passage in March.

Senators were increasingly frustrated with amid growing questions about Khashoggi's death and whether was actively trying to limit civilian deaths in

The next vote on the measure is uncertain.

The Senate is expected to delay any additional votes related to the resolution until next week as the chamber works through a slate of previously scheduled nomination votes.

Senators were also privately discussing amending the resolution on the Senate floor, which would set up the sort of unpredictable outcome Republican leadership likes to avoid.

In addition to briefing senators, the and State Department took the rare step of publicly releasing Mattis and Pompeo's closed-door opening statements ahead of the briefing, and Pompeo spoke to reporters in the afterward, reported.

In the briefing, Mattis and Pompeo argued that withdrawing US support from the war would undermine efforts to improve Saudi targeting and peace at a time when those talks appear on the precipice of starting.

The had warned that it "strongly opposes" passage of the resolution and that advisers would recommend Trump veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

But the Trump administration's tactic appeared to backfire, with several senators coming out in support of taking up the resolution after the briefing, saying the administration's argument was unconvincing and that the White House made a fatal miscalculation by not sending CIA to speak with Senators.

The CIA denied that the White House made the decision not to send Haspel. But even senators who did not support the resolution nonetheless said the briefing was inadequate without her.



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 11:56 IST