Mar 15, 2019

Pompeo critiques Senate vote to end U.S. support for Yemen's Saudi-led war

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back against the Senate's recent vote to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen at a press conference on Friday.

What's happening: Pompeo said giving more support to the Saudi-led coalition is the best way to "alleviate the Yemeni peoples' suffering." The war waged by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Yemen has resulted in the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Trump is expected to veto the Senate's bill, which is a rebuke of the administration's foreign policy amid broader pushback over his defense of Saudi Arabia.

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.