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After the Senate vote, will Trump intervene to back his reckless ally in Saudi?

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The US Senate took a remarkable step on Wednesday by voting to end American support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen for the second time. The result (54-46) had the support of seven Republicans who voted in favour of passing the resolution. “In an historic vote, the Senate sent an important message: we will no longer support Saudi Arabia in causing the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet. Congress will reassert its constitutional authority on issues of war and end U.S. support for the war in Yemen,” Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted after the vote. This suggests that US lawmakers are insisting that they are longer willing to turn a blind eye to the crimes that the Saudi regime is committing in Yemen.

Yet this historic step is a rebuke for Trump’s incomprehensible behaviour towards Saudi Arabia and especially the kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. It also indicates that the lobbying, which Saudis have been carry out in the United States, did not have an impact on preventing the lawmakers from condemning what Riyadh has been doing in Yemen for almost four years.

“The vote today in the US Senate was really about Saudi Arabia. While the resolution called for ending US support for the war in Yemen, the real target was the Saudi........

© Middle East Monitor