Mr Trump invoked a rarely used aspect of federal law to push through the $8bn (£6bn) deal – bypassing Congress.
He did so by declaring that ongoing tensions with Iran amounted to a national emergency The move has angered those who fear the weapons may be used against civilians in Yemen by Saudi-led forces Some Democrats accused the president of bypassing Congress because the sale of weapons – including precision-guided bombs would have been strongly opposed on Capitol Hill Weapons will also reportedly be sold to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan Members of Congress have heavily criticised Saudi Arabia’s human rights record over its role in the Yemen conflict and for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October On Friday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the administration’s decision to make the sale. In a letter, widely reported in US media, he said that Iranian malign activity” required the immediate sale” of weapons [Iran’s] activity poses a fundamental threat to the stability of the Middle East and to American security at home and abroad he wrote He said the transfers “must occur as quickly as possible in order to deter further Iranian adventurism in the Gulf and throughout the Middle East.
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