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Biden’s Yemen Envoy Claims He Doesn’t Know if the US Is Still Supporting Saudi Military Operations

Tim Lenderking was appointed by President Biden as a special envoy to find a diplomatic solution to the war in Yemen. But on Wednesday, Lenderking told Congress that he had no idea if the US was still providing military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

“I’m not totally in that information loop, congressman, so I can’t really speak to that,” Lenderking said when asked by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) if the US is currently supporting Saudi military operations in Yemen. “I do think that we need to make sure that Saudi Arabia is able to defend itself … but my focus is driving toward a ceasefire, so we can get out of this whole question of offensive and defensive weapons,” Lenderking added.

President Biden vowed to end “offensive” support for the Saudis but left open the possibility of providing assistance if it can be framed as “defensive” in nature. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) also pressed Lenderking about what support the US was providing, and the envoy again denied any knowledge of the situation.

“I know there’s a robust relationship — as there has been over decades — between the US and Saudi Arabia on security matters, but I would have to defer to the DoD [Department of Defense] for the details of the kind of issues that I think you’re raising,” he said.

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