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US senators seek to block Trump arms sales to Saudi Arabia

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Published on June 09, 2019 with No Comments

A group of seven influential United States senators have said that they intend to force congressional votes on 22 resolutions that would block President Donald Trump’s recently-announced sales of US weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had informed Congress on May 24  that the Trump administration was declaring a national security emergency in order to waive congressional review of $8.1bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Pompeo cited military tension with Iran for the emergency declaration, prompting senators to dispute the validity of Pompeo’s claim. “Congress has an essential oversight role in the decision to sell weapons and we must ensure proper procedures are in place in any weapons transfer,” Senator Todd Young, a member of the Republican leadership team in the Senate, said in a joint statement issued by the senators. “In light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, we have an obligation to ensure the adequate guardrails are in place and that weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates do not exacerbate the conflict,” Young said, adding alleged threats from Iran “do not justify” the Trump administration sidestepping Congress.

 

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