The Senate failed in its attempt to override a trumpet of Vetos issued by Trump on Monday and allowed the government to push forward plans to sell billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Trump's decision to sell the weapons in a manner that would have bypassed the congressional review roused politicians from both parties. In a bipartisan pushback, Democrats and Republicans joined forces to pass resolutions blocking US $ 8.1 billion (US $ 6.6 billion) arms sales to US Allies in the Persian Gulf.
Votes to override Trumps veto failed, 45-40, 45-39 and 46-41. Two thirds of the votes were needed.
The White House argued that stopping the sale would send out a signal that the United States does not support its partners and allies, especially at a time when threats from hostile countries like Iran are mounting. Saudi Arabia has long been a regional rival of Iran. Its strategic importance has increased as tensions with Iran have increased after Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a 201
The Senate's voices came in as the House Oversight Committee published a report criticizing the Trump administration for its obvious willingness to over-influence its friends and associates with US policy toward Saudi Arabia to grant.
New documents from the committee "raise serious questions as to whether the White House is willing to put the potential gains of the president's friends on the national security of the American people and the universal goal of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons." the report said.
The report reveals "how corporate and foreign interests are taking advantage of their unique access to advocate the transfer of US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia," said Elijah Cummings, the panel's Democratic chairman.
The 50-page summary report released on Monday states that Trump's longtime personal friend, campaign campaigner and inaugural chairman, Tom Barrack has negotiated directly with Trump and other White House officials to seek positions within the administration including Special Representative for the Middle East and Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
At the same time, Barrack championed the interests of US companies seeking to benefit from the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Representing foreign interests in the procurement of US nuclear technology; and taking steps for his own company, Colony NorthStar, to take advantage of the proposals, the report said.
One of the companies involved in the construction of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, IP3 International, has repeatedly urged the Trump administration not to commit Saudi Arabia to a strict "gold standard" in any deal with the US to exclude you from lucrative nuclear contracts, it said in the report.
IP3 officials had "unprecedented access" to the highest levels of the Trump administration, including meetings with Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and cabinet secretaries Rick Perry, Steven Mnuchin, Mike Pompeo, Rex Tillerson, James Mattis and Wilbur Ross were reported in the report.
The report also criticized the White House for refusing to provide documents in the investigation. External communications indicate that Kushner and other officials used personal e-mail or text accounts to communicate about Saudi-related transactions.
A spokesman for Barrack said he had worked with the oversight body and provided documents that the committee had requested.
The spokesman, Owen Blicksilver, said that Barrack's investments and business activities are well known and should serve to better reconcile the goals of the Middle East and the US. Barrack has never served in the Trump administration.
The Trump administration has approved seven applications from US companies for sales of nuclear technology and support for Saudi Arabia. Politicians from both parties have expressed concern that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if US technology is transferred without proper security measures.
Congress is increasingly dissatisfied with the close relationship between the Trump government and Saudi Arabia. Trump has made the kingdom a centerpiece of his foreign policy in the Middle East as he attempts to further isolate Iran. Trump has dimmed the criticism of the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the role of the Saudis in the Yemen war.
"From the beginning, this government could not prove what kind of national security threat or" emergency "from Iran justified a swift sale of these weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates," said Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey, the top Democrat in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The upcoming sale "is not only a Saudi employment program, but also a gift of US military sensitive technology," Menendez said.