Senate Set To Vote On Thursday to Block Trump’s Arms Sales To The Saudis
The Arms Export Control Act gave the President the power to use exceptional authority to waive the required congressional review period for the arms sales.
Trump has received heavy criticism for the arms deal with the Saudis after the death of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi in which a United Nations investigator said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated for the killing of Khashoggi.
“I’ve got a real problem with going back to doing business as usual with Saudi Arabia,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).” [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salaman was, in my opinion, involved in the murder of Khashoggi, and he’s done alot of other disruptive things, so I don’t support the arms sales now.”
The Senate is set to vote on Thursday in order to attempt to block the Trump’s administration weapon sales to the Saudis after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-K.y.) announced a deal had been reached on the Senate Floor on Wednesday.
“I’m very pleased to announce we’ve reached a unanimous consent agreement that provides vote on our 22 joint resolutions of disapproval to block the Trump’s Admin’s proposed arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.j.).
“Selling more bombs to the Saudis simply means that the famine and cholera outbreak in Yemen will get worse, Iran will get stronger and Al Qaeda and ISIS will continue to flourish amidst the chaos of the civil war,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).”Saudi Arabia treats us like the junior partner in this relationship, chopping up U.S. residents and torturing others, all the while demanding we remain silent and sell them more weapons.”
“[The] humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world,” according to the United Nations.
Trump is expected to veto the measure if it passes.