Biden calls for end to US support of Saudi-led war in Yemen

Biden calls for end to US support of Saudi-led war in Yemen
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Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is calling for an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen as part of his first major policy proposals released since launching his campaign.

“Vice President BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE believes it is past time to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen and cancel the blank check the Trump administration has given Saudi Arabia for its conduct of that war,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told The Washington Post's Josh Rogin. “He urges Congress to override President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE’s veto.”

The entire Senate Democratic caucus and several Republicans have already passed a resolution spearheaded by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTo break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE (I-Vt.) calling for the U.S. to pull its backing from the military campaign.

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The Senate, which passed the measure with 54 votes, is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to override President Trump’s veto of the measure.

Efforts to pull back U.S. assistance to the Saudis gained support following the killing of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey last October. 

Khashoggi's slaying put a renewed spotlight on what critics of Saudi Arabia say is the country's history of human rights violations.

“My doubts are that there’s very little sense of rule of law, respect for human rights, dignity,” Biden said of the Saudi government in a recent interview with CBS. “The allegations that are made so far … are not inconsistent with the way the kingdom would act.”

Two of Biden's competitors for the Democratic Party's nomination, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Biden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks MORE (D-Mass.), have long criticized the Saudi government and the U.S. relationship with the nation.

Sanders, who has averaged second to Biden in most polls, is seeking to draw distinctions between himself and Biden on foreign policy, noting in a CNN interview Monday that he opposed the war in Iraq while Biden supported it.

A spokesperson for Biden's campaign declined to comment.

--Updated 3:53 p.m.