US President Donald Trump accused Saudi Arabia of unskillful use of US weapons in Yemen, citing the August attack on a bus carrying Yemeni school children, in an interview for Axios.

On August 9, an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Saada, northern Yemeni province, hit a bus carrying children from a summer camp, killing over 50 people, most of them minors.

“I think it’s a terrible situation. I hated seeing what happened with the bus and the children… That’s a horror show when you see a thing like that… That was basically people that didn’t know how to use the weapon, which is horrible,” Trump said in the interview, released on Monday.

The president went on to say that the United States was “looking at Yemen very carefully.”

“It is probably right now the worst place on Earth… I’ll be talking about a lot of things with the Saudis, but certainly I wouldn’t be having people that don’t know how to use the weapons shooting at buses with children,” he concluded.

Since 2015, the US-backed Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf nations has been supporting the Yemeni government in its conflict with the Houthi movement, carrying out airstrikes targeting Houthis.

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Never thought I’d see anyone in the American Administration state the obvious and coming from President himself!!! Trump knows that Yemen is basically a civil war of Houthi (Shiite) v Sunni without much Iranian involvement (there is a blockade aided by the USA, UK and France). Trump is basically telling Salman to have a ceasefire. The Price instead is doubling down on bombing the main Yemeni seaport. What the Saudi Prince doesn’t realize is that either Turkey or the USA could release the Khashoggi murder tapes when necessary and the USA could withdraw support for SA. At that stage the… Read more »

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I doubt the Americans want a ceasefire, although they’ve publicly stated they want to see the conflict wind down. Remember that the Houthis reside and operate right next to the Strait of Mandeb – where a lot of commercial trade flows through, including oil – particularly, Saudi oil. The Houthis do have support from Iran, although it might not be material support. If they cooperate in a future war involving Iran, that’s two major checkpoints they can easily hold. So I think that’s part of the reason the Americans are frustrated with the Saudis – because the Saudis don’t know… Read more »

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@Fair, IMHO You do not realize that the financial symbiosis called Baton Woods treaty will prevent any decisive action against US trade partners even if the so called Khashoggi murder tapes exist and are released.

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You meant Bretton Woods, I suppose.
Nevertheless, it’s absolutely EXACT…

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Yes Bretton Woods but my spell checker suggested it – and I clicked it away without thinking.

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If MBS doubles down, it’s that he had Washington’s green light,
With Trump, there is meat for the press and what is said in the backstage 😉

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Fance is NOT HELPING the blockade on Yemen. Actually, as many EU nations, France has frozen weapons exports to KSA.

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al-Jubeir even proposed to buy 60 Rafales would France drop the sanctios. This was useless.

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Nobody gives a fück about a Muslim-Brotherhood crapagandist like Kashogi. He was the US Tariq Ramadan.

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Ooh! Aren’t we a little Saudi shill while doubling as a zionist propagandist.
If nobody cared about Khashoggi then we wouldn’t have had the mass reporting of his execution at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul and the subsequent universal outcry . Nor would we have the American Administration at this moment trying to find plausibility in the most ridiculous of ever changing explanations coming from the Saudis