Trump vetoed Congress blockade – green light for arms sales to Gulf States

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Mohammed bin Salman and Donald Trump

The Saudi Crown Prince and the US President at a White House meeting in late 2018.

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Washington US President Donald Trump has vetoed a blockade on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Congress's call for arms deliveries would reduce America's global competitiveness and weaken relations with major allies, Trump said Wednesday night (local time). The veto had been widely expected.

The deputies wanted to send a clear signal of disapproval to the president with the stop of the billion dollar arms deals. The government had resorted to the looming resistance of an exemption clause to allow for immediate exports. Congress would now need a two-thirds majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to lift this veto, which is considered very unlikely.

In the Parliament, arms deals were viewed with great skepticism over the military operation carried out by Saudi Arabia and the Emirates in Yemen. There was also dissatisfaction with the actions of the US government in the case of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist living in the US. The 59-year-old had been murdered in October 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a special commando arrived from Riyadh, as he wanted to pick up papers for his wedding.

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