July 25, 2019

Donald Trump vetoes resolutions prohibiting defence sales to Saudi and UAE

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: The National

Journalist Joyce Karam

US President Donald Trump issued three vetoes on Wednesday overriding Congress decisions and allowing arms and defence sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The White House announced late on Wednesday that Mr Trump vetoed Congressional joint resolutions 36, 37, and 38, which would have prohibited arms sales and defence licences to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Congress passed the bills two months ago, fuelled by the opposition to the war in Yemen, and the killing of the Saudi writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But without a Presidential authorisation, the resolutions could not become law, and are now returned to Congress for another vote.

To override Mr Trump’s veto, the lawmakers would need two thirds majority which is not expected.

Read the full article and more in The National.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...