President Trump vetoed Wednesday on three resolutions passed by Congress to stop several arms sales in favor of Saudi Arabia and the United States United Arab Emirates, which the president did without approval of the Congress.
Earlier this month, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate voted to block more than $ 8 billion worth of gun business. Legislators have used the Saudi arsenal in the civil war against the civilian population. Many lawmakers also refuse to reward Saudi leaders after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to vote on Thursday on two competing bipartisan bills to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia.
Legislators and international human rights organizations accuse Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign – facilitated in part by the kind of ammunition Trump sells to Saudi leaders – of contributing to a crisis that has devastated the 20 million Yemenis threatened and endangered hundreds of thousands against cholera.
It is unlikely that Congress will have the votes to override the veto.