Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially announced to the legislature on Friday the plans of the government.
"These sales will support our allies, improve stability in the Middle East, and help these nations deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran." Pompeo said in a statement that the value of sales is $ 8.1 billion.
In a Friday letter to congressional legislators, Pompeo stated that "there is an emergency requiring the immediate sale of defense and defense services to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan" to further deter the US from the Iranian government's vicious influence throughout the Middle East, "said a copy of CNN.
The announcement comes on the same day as President Donald Trump's announcement to send another 1
Overall, the State Department listed more than 20 proposed sales, according to a convention source.
CNN reported Friday earlier that the Trump administration intends to announce its decision to apply an existing scheme Allow her to accelerate arms sales to allies in the Middle East. The move resulted in a bipartisan condemnation, with lawmakers exposing the precedent, questioning the government's claims about an emergency, and addressing the issue of the Saudi Arabian human rights record and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying, " I intend that this determination is a unique event. " He pointed out that the provision has been used by at least four previous administrations since 1979 and said, "this specific measure does not alter our longstanding review process of arming with Congress."
But he also accused Congress of blaming it ,
"Delay of Congress"
"Delaying this delivery can lead to system malfunction and a lack of required parts and maintenance that can lead to serious airworthiness concerns and interoperability of our key partners regional Volatility, "said Pompeo. "These national security concerns have been exacerbated by the Congress's months of delaying these critical demands and our reliability as a defense capability provider has been called into question, giving US opponents the opportunity to exploit them."
A US official informs CNN that the arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will include surveillance aircraft and maintenance measures, as well as training programs, advanced precision missile steering systems and Javelin missiles.
Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the supreme Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the government's move in a statement was "unfortunate."
"He added that" the president's decision to apply for an emergency waiver on these sales is unfortunate and will harm certain future congressional interactions.
The Trump administration officially informed Congress that it is calling for an obscure provision of the arms export control law to pass the legally mandated review of the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other states "The New Jersey Senate, Bob Menendez, the leading Democrat in the Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that this is legally or practically unfounded."
"Disappointed, but not Surprised "
" I am disappointed but not surprised that the Trump administration has again failed to prioritize our long-term national security interests or to advocate human rights, instead granting favors to authoritarian countries such as Saudi Arabia, "he added.
The republican pres The committee's executive, Sen. Jim Risch, told CNN that he had "received a formal notification of the government's intention to move ahead with a series of arms sales" and also reviewed the legal justification for the measure.
Pursuant to Section 36 of the Arms Control Law, the White House may waive the President's traditional 30-day notification period for arms sales, thereby preventing Congress from issuing a declaration of ceasefire.
"President Trump is using this gap only because he knows Congress would disapprove of this sale "Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said in a statement. "There is no new 'emergency' to sell bombs to the Saudis to dump them in Yemen, and this only continues the humanitarian crisis there, which sets an incredibly dangerous precedent for the future […]
"We have the constitutional duty to declare war and the responsibility for supervising arms sales that run counter to our national security interests, if we can not withstand this abuse of authority We are constantly dealing with who we are should sell weapons, "added Murphy.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump's decision to sell weapons outside the standard test procedure was "unacceptable" and that Khashoggi's murder changed her view of Riyadh.
"My whole view of Saudi Arabia has changed with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi," Feinstein said.
"I will not support another arms sale in Saudi Arabia and I urge all my fellow Senators to stand up for Congressional prerogative and block the end of the President's Act."