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Apr 17 2019
President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.
In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to stop U.S. involvement in a foreign conflict.
The veto — the second in Trump's presidency — was expected. Congress lacksNewsmax (News)
Sep 19 2019
Iran warned President Donald Trump on Thursday against being dragged into all-out war in the Middle East following an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the weekend strike that initially halved Saudi oil output as an act of war and has been discussing possible retaliation with Saudi Arabia andNewsmax (News)
Jan 22 2020
According to reporting from The Guardian, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked in May 2018 by Saudi Arabia. Supposedly, a Whatsapp message from Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to Bezos contained a malicious link, which allowed Saudi intelligence to collective sensitive information. The United Nations called for a probe into the matter, saying the allegedThe Guardian BBC News New York Post (News)
Jun 24 2019
The US is to propose an international maritime Gulf protection force, its special envoy on Iran has said, as the Trump administration prepared to announce fresh economic sanctions on Tehran.
Brian Hook said he had been holding extensive talks with US allies in the wake of the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks, when two vessels were damaged by explosions. He believed a global coalition toThe Guardian
Apr 17 2019
Congress reasserted its constitutional power over declaring wars. Trump called it an attempt to “weaken my constitutional authorities.”
President Donald Trump vetoed Congress’s bipartisan resolution to withdraw US support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, cementing American involvement in a deadly humanitarian crisis abroad.
In a historic move, Congress passed a War PowersVox
Jan 28 2024
Last week, Saudi Arabia opened its first liquor store in Riyadh, primarily targeted at non-Muslim diplomats.
The Details: The move comes as an effort to curb alcohol smuggling and its resulting black market. The store is located in Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter, and will only sell to non-Muslims over 21, which will be approved by the Saudi Foreign Ministry through an app called Diplo.Time Magazine CNBC New York Post (News)
Jul 14 2022
On Thursday, as part of the "Jerusalem Declaration," President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear arms.
Biden also told Israeli television that he would not hesitate to use force as a "last resort" to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The Jerusalem Declaration further commits Israel and the U.S. to cooperate onBusiness Insider Newsmax (News) Reuters
Jun 07 2023
The PGA Tour surprised the golf world on Tuesday by agreeing to merge with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league, despite widespread criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
For Context: LIV Golf was founded in 2021 with billions of dollars from a fund controlled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Considered the country's de facto leader, the prince has been accused by U.S.National Review (News) New York Post (News) MSNBC
Jun 14 2022
President Joe Biden will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his mid-July trip to the Middle East, which some analysts believe could loosen tensions with Saudi Arabia.
During his presidential campaign, Biden pledged to make Saudi Arabia a "pariah state" due to their stance on certain human rights issues. However, given the circumstances brought by Putin's invasion ofPolitico Financial Times Wall Street Journal (Opinion)
Sep 21 2023
The Biden administration is pushing for a “grand bargain” to reshape geopolitics in the Middle East, including normalizing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The Details: The deal may also include a defense pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, as well as U.S. support for uranium enrichment in a Saudi civilian nuclear program. On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminReuters Al Jazeera Washington Examiner