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Trump Could use Loophole to Sell Bombs to Saudis Without Congressional Approval says Senator

Trump Could use Loophole to Sell Bombs to Saudis Without Congressional Approval says Senator

A significant criticism of Donald Trump’s presidency is his strong relationship with Saudi Arabia’s leaders. Trump’s Son-in-Law Jared Kushner is also close with the Saudi Royal Family, allegedly coaching Mohammad bin-Salman following the Jamal Khashoggi killing.

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Saudi Arabia and Yemen have been involved in a military conflict since 2015. In April of this year, Congress passed a bill that would end US support for Saudi forces. The bill was vetoed by President Trump. Senator Chris Murphy is now warning that the President may be planning on providing Saudi Arabia with bombs, in a way that bypasses the need for congressional approval.

In a lengthy thread, the Connecticut Senator tweeted, ” I am hearing that Trump may use an obscure loophole in the Arms Control Act and notice a major new sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia (the ones they drop in Yemen) in a way that will prevent Congress from objecting. Could happen this week.”

Murphy goes on to explain “Arms control law allows Congress to reject a sale to a foreign country. But Trump would claim the sale constitutes an “emergency” which means Congress can’t take a vote of disapproval. It would go through automatically.

Putting a stop to support for Saudis in the conflict has bipartisan approval in the US. Trump’s own Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, called for a 30 day ceasefire in an attempt to create peace talks.

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Murphy, however, feels that the President is committed to aiding the Saudis and not waiting for House approval. He finished his thread by asking Republicans to stand with Democrats, “If he does this, it’s because Trump knows he would lose a vote on the sale —Congress and the American public object to selling these bombs to the Saudis. But it’s not too late – Ds and Rs should stand up right now and tell the President not to set this dangerous precedent.”

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