BEIJING, July 25, according to foreign media reports, 24 Local time, the White House announced that Trump had used the veto power of the President to reject three previous resolutions passed by the two chambers of Congress, which were intended to prevent the Trump government from selling arms to Saudi Arabia and other countries.
Source: US President Trump. China News Agency reporter Chen Meng Tongju
In a message to the Senate, Trump said, These resolutions will not only negatively affect relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy, but also hinder the United States from supporting and forming important security cooperation actions.
In late May, Trump reportedly attempted to bypass parliamentary review in the name of the Iranian threat by using an emergency passage established by a federal law to directly authorize the export of weapons and services totalling about $8.1 billion to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The move drew criticism from several members of parliament.
The U.S. Senate voted in late June to pass all 22 resolutions on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other three countries. On July 17, the House of Representatives passed three agreements to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries. The three resolutions were then sent to the White House.
Reportedly, if Congress wants to overthrow the presidential veto, it needs the support of two-thirds of the members of both houses of Congress, which was generally expected to be difficult to achieve by the US media.