Senators launch effort to block Trump from last-minute arms sale to UAE

Senators launch effort to block Trump from last-minute arms sale to UAE


A bipartisan group of senators is launching an effort to block the Trump administration from going through with a $23 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) along with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced four joint resolutions rejecting the president’s decision to push through the transaction, which would see the UAE purchase billions in drones, fighter jets and air-to-air missiles.

The Trump administration formally notified Congress last week that it planned to go through with the massive sale, which Menendez slammed for sidestepping the normal review protocols for such weapons transfers.

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By notifying Congress, the administration set off a 30-day window in which lawmakers are able to block the sales through legislation.

“We are introducing these bipartisan resolutions out of a shared understanding that Congress must strongly assert its statutory authority over our nation’s foreign arms sales. As I tried to warn the Trump administration,

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