Trump administration gives the green light to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, according to the Senate veto rejects overrides

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John Roberts reports.

The trump management is set to move forward with plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the Republican-controlled Senate on Monday refused to block the efforts of the sales by overriding President Trump ‘ s veto.

The White house had vowed to use an emergency loophole in the Arms Export Control Act), in order to move forward, the one-sided, with a turnover of billions of dollars in precision guided munitions, other bombs, ammunition, and aircraft maintenance, support, annoying, legislators from both parties. The administration pointed out that this authority was invoked former President on several occasions, including in 1979, 1984, 1990 and 2006.

But, in the cross-party pushback, Democrats and Republicans allied to pass blocking resolutions, the $8.1 billion in weapons sales to U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf.

To override, three votes Monday Trump’s veto failed. Each requires two-thirds of the votes.

The veto override, started, attempts, in the Senate, because it is the body, the origin of the legislation in question. Successful veto overrides are rare, and it is only 111 veto were overrides in the history of the Republic. The last override was in the Senate to override 97-1 vote in 2016, then President Obama’s veto against the justice Against sponsors of terrorism act, which allows families of the 9/11 victims, those responsible for the attacks sue, including Saudi Arabia.


Secretary of state Mike Pompeo last month cited threats from Iran as the reason for the approval of the $8.1 billion poor of the sale of the two US allies in the Persian Gulf, the enemies of Tehran.


“Reject these sales at this time and under these circumstances, the reward of recent Iranian aggression and to encourage further Iranian escalation” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said last month to block after the Senate agreed to the sale. Risch added that the blocking of the sales would “promote miscalculation on the part of the Iranians, this will be devastating.”

The White house also argued that stopping the sales would send a signal that the United States does not stand by its partners and allies, particularly at a time when the threats from hostile countries such as Iran have increased.


“Iran’s malignant activity represents a fundamental threat to the stability of the Middle East and to Americans at home and abroad. We took this step to reinforce the prudent diplomatic deterrence, our partners in the long term, the ability to self-defense and threat mitigation,” said a senior official of the Ministry of foreign Affairs Fox News last may.

The official added, “the Congress does not act, but we will.”

Meanwhile, human rights groups, the government and the wider international community routinely have concerns about the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, striking civilian targets, possibly with the support of the U. S weapons. However, less has been said about the possibility of such weapons end up in enemy hands in the chaotic and rule-less theatre of the war – both of Iran’s proxies and extremist Sunni militias.

“This is an evolving topic; these weapons are always passed to a wide range of militias,” Philippe Nassif, the advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, told Fox News. “There are a lot of weapons floating in Yemen, and this is not a new question. We have seen this happening for years in parts of the world.”

Jamal Khashoggi children allegedly received from luxury-real-estate, the monthly payments from Saudi Arabia

The Washington Post reported that Saudi Arabia, the payment of the children of the murdered columnist Jamal Khashoggi, to stay quiet about his killing by Saudi-cooperatives.

The United States is the biggest arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and between 2013 and 2017, Saudi Arabia alone purchased $112 billion in weapons. Although there are various Pentagon rules, the weapons deliveries could not be moved to a third party without permission, critics have argued that the monitoring or enforcement of these regulations was comprehensive enough.

“If these hands which we have, ultimately leaving little possibility to control where you go,” said Defense priorities, Mr Gil Barndollar.

Still, much of the conversation in Washington concerned the legality of Trump’s move and the strength of the precedent for the use of the emergency exemption for the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Then-President Ronald Reagan called it in the 1980s, and both presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush used it for sales prior to the Gulf war of 1991 and the Iraq war in 2003, respectively.

But, in a statement on Monday, the Maryland sen Ben Cardin, a Democrat and longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Republicans had “waived their constitutional mandated responsibility as legislators” and their “legal and moral obligation to ensure that U.S. weapons are used to suppress human rights or commit acts of violence against innocent civilians.”

Cardin said Saudi Arabia has “shown a total contempt of international law by the US provided the arms to the level of the devastating attacks on civilians, including children, and added that “just this morning, a Saudi-led air strike killed at least 10 civilians in the North of Yemen.”

He said, “This must end.”


Tensions between Iran and the West have mounted because Trump unilaterally, the United States withdrew from the 2015 accord restriction of the Iranian nuclear programme. Trump again penalties had been repealed under the agreement, devastating the Iranian economy.

Saudi Arabia has long been a regional rival like Iran, and tensions mounted between the United Arab Emirates, and Tehran on several issues, including the UAE coordination with US efforts to curb what it Iran’s malignant activities in the region.

The Senate vote came after the house Oversight Committee released a report, the criticism of the trump administration for his alleged connections to Saudi Arabia.


New documents that the Committee’s “serious questions about whether the White house is ready to put the potential gains to the President of the friends on the national security of the American people, and the universal goal of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons,” the report said.

The report “shows how corporate and foreign interests, with their unique access, in order for the transfer of US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia,” said the Jury Chairman, Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

The 50-page oversight report, released on Monday, Trump said the long-time personal friend, campaign donor, and its first Chairman, Tom Barrack, negotiated directly with Trump and other White house-to seek official positions within the administration, including the special representative for the Middle East and Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

At the same time, Barrack was the promotion of the interests of the US corporations to seek to profit from the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia; they advocate on behalf of foreign interests to seek, to receive U.S. nuclear technology; and wherein the steps for your own company, colony NorthStar, in order to profit from the suggestions, the report said.

A spokesman for the barracks, said, that he, together with the Oversight panel and the documents the Committee requested.

The speaker, Owen view silver, said Barrack, investments, and business activities were well known, and goals of “better ” align” the middle East and the US. Barrack has never served in the Trump administration.

The Trump administration has approved the sale of seven applications for U.S. companies, nuclear power technology and the support of Saudi Arabia. Lawmakers from both parties have raised concerns that Saudi Arabia could transfer the development of nuclear weapons, if the US technology without adequate safeguards.


The Congress was increasingly uneasy with the close relationship between the trump administration, and Saudi Arabia. Trump has the Kingdom of a focus of its foreign policy in the Middle East, as he attempted to isolate Iran further. In the process, Trump has largely criticism over the killing of writer-activist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudis’ role in the war in Yemen brushed off.

Nuclear approvals known as part 810 authorizations, the company allows performing preparatory work on the nuclear energy front of each business, build a nuclear power plant. They do not allow transfers of nuclear material, equipment or components.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Chad Pergram, Hollie McKay and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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