The administration of U.s. president Donald Trump has ‘the Congress formally informed of a new arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Normally it is Congress such a decision to approve.
Trump makes use of a back door in the law to the Congress that usually has the ability to this kind of contracts, to block, to bypass. He does that by speaking of a ‘state of emergency’. The arms deliveries would be an urgent character, you have seen the sustained tensions with Iran, goes the argument.
The news was in a press release confirmed by senator Bob Menendez. He regretted the measure, and the possible impact on civilians in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates a military coalition lead by Iran-backed Houthi rebels. “The Trump administration refuses yet again to give priority to our national security interests in the long term and respect for human rights, and does prefer to favors to authoritarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia,” says Menendez. The senator gives no further explanation about the nature of or the amount of the contracts involved.
The decision of the Trump administration comes at a time when tensions between the U.S. and Iran, itself a major rival of Saudi Arabia, a new peak know.
Referring to possible upcoming attacks on Iran and its allies on American interests, Washington has also legerinzet increased. Friday, president Trump that ‘by way of precaution’ of 1,500 additional soldiers to be sent to the Middle East.
The U.s. Congress adopted in april a resolution to the American support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen to stop, but Trump made his veto.