GOP senator rebukes Trump: We need to 'consider further action' against Saudis

GOP senator rebukes Trump: We need to 'consider further action' against Saudis

GOP senator rebukes Trump: We need to 'consider further action' against Saudis

The prince, a former Saudi intelligence chief who has also served as ambassador to the United States, said the CIA's conclusion that Iraq possessed chemical weapons before the U.S. invasion in 2003 showed it could be unreliable.

Congressional Republicans continued to line up this weekend to criticize President Trump over his defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the Central Intelligence Agency believes ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia raised oil production to an all-time high in November, an industry source said on Monday, as US President Donald Trump piled pressure on the kingdom to refrain from production cuts at an OPEC meeting next week. "It's inconsistent with the intelligence I've seen", said Lee.

Schiff said, "It causes our standing in the world to plummet, it telegraphs to despots around the world that they can murder people with impunity, and that this president will have their back as long as they praise him".

In the House, Democrats are promising to tackle the Khashoggi matter when they take over the majority next year and are openly questioning whether Trump's defense of the crown prince is motivated by self-interest.

The Saudi journalist, who was a US resident and contributor to The Post, was killed and allegedly dismembered with a bonesaw by a team of Saudi agents after he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

"If there are indicators that the prince was involved in this murder, then we need absolutely to consider further action", Sen.

Lee said the war in Yemen is "unauthorized" and "unconstitutional" from the US standpoint.

Saudi Arabia has indicted 11 of its agents in connection with the Khashoggi killing, with five of them facing the death penalty if convicted.

"Congress has to take some ownership of United States foreign policy, " he said.

Several high-ranking Saudi officials, including the foreign, trade and interior ministers and the head of general intelligence, the official Saudi Press Agency said, accompanied the crown prince.

"We need to understand where the investigations are leading us".

Joni Ernst of Iowa said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Kenneth Roth, HRW's executive director, said in a written statement that "Argentine prosecutorial authorities should scrutinise Mohammed bin Salman's role in possible war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015 in Yemen".

He said, "After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world".

King Hamad added that Saudi Arabia will continue its leading global role to maintain regional and worldwide peace and security under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the Crown Prince.

Turning his attention to why President Trump would choose to ally with Saudi Arabia, Todd asked Lee: "Is it fair to ask the question - what [are] the president's motives behind siding with the Saudis?" "I don't know why".

"I think others will also have responsibility of looking at: Are there financial entanglements with the Gulf?"

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