US senators want to punish the Saudi crown prince, but share their US tactics

US senators want to punish the Saudi crown prince, but share their US tactics

US Senators, who want to punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said Thursday they would vote for the punishment of Riyadh next week, but were struggling to reach an agreement on how best to do so be.

Despite Donald Trump's desire to maintain close ties with Saudi Arabia, several of his Republicans, along with the Democrats, blamed the Crown Prince for Khashoggi's death and supported the legislation by ending US support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen and imposed new sanctions and stop selling weapons.

Others strongly oppose the connection of the Yemen conflict with the murder of the journalist.

"It would be a mistake to break this relationship with the Saudis. It is based less on friendship than on common interests, the fight against extremism in the Middle East, and the fight against the Iranian threat, "said Senator John Cornyn, Republican No. 2 of the Chamber.