U.S. Senate fails to block sale of Saudi weapons

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Published on July 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:03s

U.S. Senate fails to block sale of Saudi weapons

The U.S. Senate has failed to override President Donald Trump's vetoes, which he used against legislation that would have blocked the sale of precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Jayson Albano reports.

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U.S. Senate fails to block sale of Saudi weapons

The U.S. Senate on Monday (July 29) failed to halt weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump has vetoed legislation passed by Congress that would block 8 billion dollars in military sales to the Kingdom.

The Senate on Monday made three separate efforts to overturn the president's veto, but fell short of the two-thirds required.

The Trump administration in May announced it would push ahead with billions of dollars of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, sidestepping the congressional review process by declaring an "emergency" over tensions with Iran.

Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.

Lead an air campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, but lawmakers in Congress want to pressure Riyadh to improve its human rights record, and to do more to avoid civilian casualties in Yemen.

Trump however argued that cutting off weapons to Saudi Arabia would weaken U.S. relations with a long-time ally, and hurt U.S. competitiveness.

Trump also views foreign military sales as a means of creating jobs in the U.S.

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