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Yesterday the Saudi foreign minister chose to lecture me on television about the Jamal Khashoggi murder, he said my opinion was based on emotion and speculation and that we should presume innocence for the crown prince. My response to him is that it takes a lot of damn gall for Saudi Arabia, with a dictatorship with 3,000 political prisoners held without trial, to lecture the US on the presumption of innocence.
We have worked with( Connecticut Democratic Sen.) Chris Murphy twice to have votes, the first time we got 20-something votes. Last time we got I think 44 votes. So, I think if we could get another vote I think we could block them. But as you know, in the Senate, most times you're blocked from having a vote.
The Saudi's need to be called out on this, we've been too quiet because people have glossed over the human rights violations in Saudi Arabia in order to get some monetary benefit from oil trade or arms trade. ... Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without the crown prince's approval so think Saudi Arabia's laughable and credible to think he was not involved in this.
The Afghanistan war going beyond its original mission has an enormous cost, if the president and my colleagues want to continue the war in Afghanistan, then at the very least Congress should vote on it. I ’ll insist they do this fall, and I ’ll be leading the charge for' no.' Graham, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, thinks Trump has the authority to increase troop levels. However, he suggested the president will have to go through Congress to at least get the money for additional soldiers.
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