Trump vetoes resolutions blocking arms sales to Arab countries

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump Wednesday vetoed congressional resolutions to block his government’s efforts to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The White House on Wednesday night issued Trump’s veto against the three resolutions, saying they “will weaken the global competitiveness of the United States” and undermine the country’s relations with its allies and partners.

This is the third time Mr. Trump has exercised his veto.

The House of Representatives approved the resolutions a week ago, after the Senate approved them in June.

Neither chamber is likely to get the number of votes needed to cancel the veto.

Citing the humanitarian crisis in the Yemeni conflict and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US Congress has decided to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Trump administration announced in May that it would invoke the “emergency” provision of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) to complete the sale of weapons worth $ 8.1 billion. dollars to US regional partners, to counter Iran’s threats.

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