The US Senate polled to prevent the sale of billions of dollars in military sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries, declining President Donald Trump’s decision to avoid stepping sideways the review of Congress about such deals by announcing an emergency over Iran.
The US President pledged to veto the Senate action in order to make a start with the deal, worth some $8.1 billion. Senators would require 67 votes to overrule his veto, which gazed unexpected after the vote on Thursday. The first and second purposes of disapproval passed 53-45 and a third vote covering the remaining 20 resolutions was 51-45.
Supporters of the resolutions, directed by Democrat Bob Menendez and Republican Lindsey Graham, claimed they sent a bipartisan message to Saudi Arabia that Washington is not happy about human right abuses, along with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Many also conveyed deep worries with Saudi Arabia and the UAE over the war in Yemen, where the two countries are combating Iran-support Houthi rebels. The United Nations has stated the clash in Yemen, which has murdered ten thousands of people along with thousands of civilians, as the worst humanitarian crisis of the world.
Hours before the polling, Iran shot down a US military drone, increasing concerns of wider military conflict. Washington claimed the incident was an “unprovoked attack” in the international air space while Tehran said the drone was over its territory. The US President said later the attack allegedly was a mistake by an Iranian “general or somebody”.
Confronting the aspirations, the Republican majority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, mentioned tensions with Tehran, he said, “the timing could not be worse for the Senate to send the wrong signal ”.
Normally, a close ally of US President emphasized the unusual division between the White House and some Republicans over Saudi Arabia in a spirited Senate speech before the polling.
Graham said, “you cannot have a strategic relationship with the United States and behave in a fashion that shows no respect for human dignity, no respect for international norms ”.
The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez said the disapproval resolutions also weighed up the intention of Congress for preserving its powers for declaring war and review on major foreign weapon sales. The US President also attempted an emergency announcement strategy to bypass Congress and attempt to get sponsoring for a wall on the Mexican border.