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Senate bows to Trump vetoes, allows Saudi arms sales

Posted at 3:11 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 18:11:10-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has failed to override a series of vetoes issued by President Donald Trump over his administration’s plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Trump’s decision to sell the weapons in a way that would have bypassed congressional review infuriated lawmakers. In a bipartisan pushback, Democrats and Republicans banded together to pass resolutions blocking the $8.1 billion weapons sales to the U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf.

A vote Monday to override Trump’s veto failed, 45-40. A two-thirds vote was needed.

The White House said stopping the sales would send a signal that the United States doesn’t stand by its partners and allies, particularly at a time when threats from hostile countries such as Iran are increasing.