Senate fails to overrule Trump veto on Saudi arms sale

The US Senate has failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto on three joint resolutions prohibiting arms sales of $8.1bn worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

It followed after Donald Trump used his presidential veto to override resolutions passed by both chambers of Congress preventing the sale.

The 45-40 vote features the Senate’s progressing struggle to hold the kingdom responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In addition to widespread outrage on Capitol Hill following the killing of Khashoggi, lawmakers from each party have additionally expressed deep reservations regarding USA support for the Kingdom’s war in Yemen.

Critics fear the weapons may be used on civilians in the Yemen conflict.

While announcing his veto, Trump said that each resolution “would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners.”

The President further said that it would also “damage the credibility of the United States as a reliable partner by signaling that we are willing to abandon our partners and allies at the very moment when threats to them are increasing.”
Trump issued a national emergency announcement in order to push through the deal.
He said he made the decision because of the threat posed by Iran. Tensions between the US and Iran have been tense after the US pulled out of the nuclear deal.

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