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Democrats join hands with Republican Rand to oppose Saudi arms deal

Democrats join hands with Republican Rand to oppose Saudi arms deal”

Earlier in May, the White House announced that the United States has sealed an arms deal worth Dollars 350 billion with Saudi Arabia, when President Trump began an official visit to the Muslim-majority nation.

Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who led opposition to the deal, pointed to speculation that Saudi officials may have had knowledge of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and may have helped arm the Islamic State militants.

But Schumer, one of Trump's most outspoken critics within the government, took a remarkably different approach to a almost identical motion past year when a small group of senators attempted to block a Saudi arms deal approved by the administration of then-President Barack Obama.

Schumer, in a statement, said that he supports Murphy's resolution of disapproval.

The US Senate on Tuesday narrowly averted a bid by a bipartisan group of senators to block President Donald Trump's $500m sale of guided, air-to-ground bombs for use in Yemen by Saudi Arabia's Royal Air Force.

The vote targets an arms sale that was blocked under former President Barack Obama. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. If we can get all or nearly all Senate Democrats to vote against Trump's Saudi arms deal plus a handful of Republicans, we can win. "I'm not willing to invade Saudi Arabia to tell them what to do, but we don't have to support them". "Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally". Only 27 senators, four of them Republicans, supported the resolution.

One of the Republicans who opposed the sale, Todd Young, said before the vote that "it is a false choice to suggest we have to choose between opposing Iran and helping the millions of suffering people in Yemen".

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If the past is any indication, any time we sell weapons to an adversary of Israel, the Israelis are forced to purchase more and newer weapons which only escalates an arms race in the Middle East. They believe more American weapons in the conflict could deepen the ongoing humanitarian crisis there. The Obama administration had previously suspended a $400 million weapons sale to Saudi Arabia after an a Saudi Arabia-led coalition bombed a funeral hall in Yemen.

Paul, who challenged Trump for the GOP presidential nomination as a leader of the party's non-interventionist wing, sharply criticized Saudi Arabia during remarks on the Senate floor.

Paul said, "I think the votes will continue to grow". Trump also praised and took credit for the decision of Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries to isolate USA ally Qatar over its funding of extremist groups.

"[Iran is] never giving up on their ballistic missiles unless Saudi Arabia does the same thing", Paul said.

"We should be saying to the Saudis, 'If you want to do business with us, you've got to behave, '" Paul said on Bloomberg Television on Tuesday.

"Today's vote total would've been unthinkable not long ago, but Congress is finally taking notice that Saudi Arabia is using US munitions to deliberately hit civilian targets inside Yemen", Murphy said.



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