Trump vetoes resolutions meant to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
US President Donald Trump vetoed three bills meant to block emergency weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amid widespread outcry from lawmakers furious with the ongoing civil war in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“This resolution would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners,” the president wrote.
It is the third time the president has employed his veto power since taking office.
The measures cleared Congress this month in a strong rebuke to Trump, whose administration took the extraordinary step of bypassing legislators to approve the sales in May.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the emergency declaration and sale was meant to be a ‘one-time’ event, saying he hoped it would help deter Iran by helping arm key American allies in the Middle East and support “stability” in the region.
But lawmakers including some Senate Republicans said that there were no legitimate grounds to circumvent Congress, which has the right to disapprove arms sales.