Some of the details I'm learning about this AM's Yemen call are wild. A short thread.

1) "You need to stop f***ing lying to Congress." That's what one participant said to Trump admin briefers when wouldn't answer why no briefings earlier.

1/n
2) Congressional staff asked USAID officials on the call what the FTO designation would mean for Yemeni kids. They said it would be a disaster and catastrophic.

2/n
3) Briefers also admitted that Trump admin is nowhere near coming up with the waivers to allow humanitarian orgs to help Yemenis in need.

3/n
4) A Democrat on the call said what the Trump admin was doing was "morally reprehensible"

5) Staff asked what the natsec benefits of the move were, and they heard nothing concrete back.

All in all, this is a publicity stunt more than anything.

4/4x

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