The Senate voted 63-37 to consider a resolution to remove USA support of Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, defying a White House memo strongly opposing the measure. Sen. The vote to pass the resolution was a reversal from nine months ago when the Senate rejected the same measure. Early on in the battle, no fewer than 500 people had died, while thousands lived in fear, trapped with no means of escape or a safe place to take refuge. Disease and malnutrition is rampant, and the United Nations has warned of the "clear and present danger" of a massive starvation.
The Trump administration has promised to veto the withdrawal efforts advancing through Congress if they reach his desk in the form of a final bill.
The G-20 summit is the first global forum attended by the Saudi Prince's since the crisis over the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
"Anytime Bin Salman is out of the country, he is more vulnerable and if he is treated as a pariah overseas, it increases his vulnerability", Riedel concluded.
Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation has struck a close relationship under King Salman and his son Prince Mohammed, with Putin expected to visit Riyadh at some point.
"We have a problem here".
"More broadly, degrading ties with Saudi Arabia would be a grave mistake for U.S. national security, and that of our allies", Pompeo said in his prepared remarks to the Senate.
"There will be another opportunity next week to decide whether we proceed to it", Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said.
Pompeo said after the briefing that there was "no direct reporting" connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mattis said there was "no smoking gun" making the connection.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday defended America's increasingly contentious support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, warning lawmakers the brutal conflict would worsen without US involvement.
Mr Trump has been eager to prevent Mr Khashoggi's killing from derailing U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia, around which the administration has built much of its Mideast strategy. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. MBS, the former defense minister, and Saudi Arabia's allies launched Operation Decisive Storm in March 2015.
In 2015, Safa Al Ahmad traveled to Sa'ada, the northern stronghold of the anti-American rebel movement known as the Houthis, to explore the roots of the civil conflict that broke out in 2014.
The first hurdle for this proposed honor was cleared Wednesday when a neighborhood group approved a resolution that would symbolically designate part of the street that runs in front of the Embassy of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as "Jamal Khashoggi Way". The people in city of Taiz, besieged by Houthi forces, had dwindling supplies of food, medicine and medical equipment. UNICEF has declared it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.