SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s two Republican senators were on opposite sides of a resolution the Senate passed Wednesday to cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s bloody civil war.

Sen. Mike Lee has long called for the end of U.S. involvement, saying in a speech last year that continuing to support the Saudis, especially in light of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is “bad diplomacy.”

Lee was among seven Republicans who joined all members of the Democratic Caucus in backing the bill.

Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

FILE – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

“It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not an ally that deserves our unwavering, unquestioning, unflinching support,” Lee said, according to Politico. “It is not an ally that deserves our support or our military intervention.”

Senators viewed the vote as an opportunity to not only reassert Congress’ authority to declare war, but to rebuke the Trump administration …read more

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