10.31.18

Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, On Secy. Of State Pompeo’s Call For An End To Fighting In Yemen

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt., Vice Chairman Of The Senate Appropriations Committee,
And Ranking Member Of The State Department And Foreign Operations Subcommittee)
On Secretary Of State Pompeo’s Call For An End To Fighting In Yemen

“For two years the Trump Administration has wasted countless millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to support an ill-conceived, poorly executed air war instigated by the impulsive Saudi Crown Prince, that has caused immense civilian suffering. After repeatedly opposing efforts by Democrats and some Republicans in Congress to stop it, the Secretary of State has finally called for an end to the fighting. I hope that means the Administration will no longer provide the bombs, jet fuel and other support to the Saudi military without which they never could have carried on the war in the first place.

“The Saudis’ atrocities in Yemen have been enabled by the Trump Administration. The Saudis’ atrocity against Jamal Khashoggi is another. The White House has largely sat on its hands instead of insisting on a full accounting of his murder. That tacit accommodation, too, must end.”

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