The US Senate has made head-on opposition to President Donald Trump’s move to Saudi Arabia. In a resolution passed on Thursday, the congressional chamber ruled by Trump’s Republican Party called the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “responsible for the murder” of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Senate also called for an end to US support for the Saudi Arabian civil war effort in Yemen in another resolution. The US sends intelligence information to the kingdom and trains pilots.
This is the first time that the Senate in foreign policy is so clearly positioned against Trump. Trump questions the role of the heir apparent in the killing of Khashoggi and thus probably the findings of the CIA. According to media reports with “moderate to high security”, the US foreign intelligence service believes that the Crown Prince ordered the killing of anti-government journalist Khashoggi on October 2 at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
Trump wants to stick to his close partnership with Saudi Arabia. He argues among other things with the US armaments business. The Trump government is also united to Riyadh in a united front against Iran, which supports the Shiite Houthi rebels in the Yemeni civil war.
However, the resolution passed by the Senate on the Yemen conflict still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives, which will not discuss it before January. Trump could also veto the resolution. It has a symbolic character above all else.