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Trump will Miss Congress for $7 Billion in Arms Sales in KSA

WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump eludes Congress to approve the sale of arms for US $7 billion to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), citing Iran’s growing threat to the region, ITV announced on Saturday.
The Trump administration invoked a provision that is rarely used in US federal law to circumvent the review of arms sales by Congress.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed Congress of the decision to use an emergency vacuum in the Arms Export Control Act to earn $7 billion in sales to support the maintenance of weapons and aircraft in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan, without the approval of the legislators.
In his notification, Pompeo stated that he had determined that, there was an urgent need for the immediate sale of weapons to further deter the malign influence of the Iranian government throughout the Middle East region.
He added that transfers “should be made as quickly as possible to discourage any Iranian adventurer in the Gulf and throughout the Middle East.”
Trump is scheduled to land in Japan on Saturday for a state visit and is expected to visit the United Kingdom in early June.
Pompeo’s decision follows President Trump’s announcement that the United States plans to send 1,500 additional US troops to the Middle East as part of a gradual increase in response to an unspecified threat from Iran.
This is also due to the fact that the administration has been actively seeking to establish close ties with Saudi Arabia after the congressional objections, in particular after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist, by Saudi Agents in October.
Last month, Trump vetoed the legislation that would have ended with US military assistance for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Critics of the Saudi campaign quickly denounced Friday’s decision.
Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said the government did not invoke any legal or practical reason to justify the use of this loophole, with the exception of Iran.
I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the Trump government has failed once again to prioritize our long-term national security interests or to defend human rights, Instead, it favors authoritarian countries like Saudi Arabia, Menendez said in a statement.
President Trump is using this gap just because he knows that Congress will disapprove this sale, Murphy said.
The law requires that Congress be informed of the possible sale of weapons, which gives the agency the ability to block the sale.
But the law also authorizes the president to abandon this review process by stating that an emergency that requires a sale must be made “in the interest of the national security of the United States.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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