In a major break with US President Donald Trump, key senators in the Republican Party have pledged a tougher response to Saudi Arabia in light of the kingdom’s murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its war on Yemen.
Senator Lindsey Graham announced Sunday that Congress needed to take action against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a CIA assessment concluded with “high confidence” that he had ordered the hit job of Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul last month. His death has led to an international diplomatic crisis, prompting calls from world leaders to hold the killers responsible.
Riyadh first tried to doge questions by offering contradictory accounts but eventually admitted that the journalist, who wrote for The Washington Post and resided in the US, was killed after refusing to return to Saudi Arabia.
Trump has cast doubt on the CIA’s report,…