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Senator Graham sees bipartisan support for Saudi sanctions

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) waits for U.S. President Donald Trump to enter the room to talk about the “First Step Act” within the Roosevelt Room on the White House in Washington, U.S. November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, stated on Tuesday there may be sturdy bipartisan support in Congress for severe sanctions towards Saudi Arabia, “including appropriate members of the royal family.”

Graham’s assertion comes hours after Trump reiterated his protection of Riyadh over the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, regardless that the CIA believes Saudi Arabia’s crown prince ordered the killing.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Eric Beech

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