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Saudi arms sales may be at center of the next showdown between Trump and Congress

Saudi arms sales may be at center of the next showdown between Trump and Congress

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The Trump administration’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia are facing stiff opposition in Congress. However, the power to veto means that the ball remains in President Trump’s court for now. Bipartisan opposition to President Trump’s cosy relationship with Saudi Arabia has been building for some time, stoked by the brazen – and, some say, state-backed – murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, and by Riyadh’s ongoing involvement in Yemen’s brutal civil war. Despite lawmakers from both parties calling Washington’s relationship with Riyadh into question, the Trump administration has pressed ahead with arms sales to the kingdom. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced late last month that some $8 billion-worth of weaponry would be exported to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to counter the supposed threat posed by Iran – a move allowed without congressional sign-off in the event of an emergency. Congress is pushing back. On Wednesday, House Democrats will unveil four…
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