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US Senator Sanders calls Saudi Arabia’s rulers ‘murderous thugs’

US Senator Bernie Sanders, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, has condemned Saudi regime during a town hall meeting, calling the country’s leaders “murderous thugs.”

“For years, we have loved Saudi Arabia – our wonderful ally; the only problem is the people who run that country are murderous thugs,” Sanders said on Tuesday.

He described Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “billionaire dictator.”

Sanders has also been a relentless critic of President Donald Trump, repeatedly calling him a liar and the “most dangerous president” in US history.

The senator has jumped out to a double-digit lead over his closest rivals in the Democratic presidential contest, while former US vice president and previous front-runner Joe Biden has seen his support drop by 11 points, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday.

The survey also shows former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg gaining ground in the Democratic race in the past month.