Democrats denounced Trump’s bypassing of Congress on the arms sale to Saudi Arabia and US support for Saudi war in Yemen.
Representative Brad Sherman, a Democrat, said, "You tell us that you want to send a message with this to our adversaries. It appears that your adversary is Congress and the message is loud and clear: 'We will stretch every statute beyond the breaking point in order to make the Congress irrelevant to the decision-making process.’”
"The arms sales you're talking about are controversial. There is significant opposition in Congress. And rather than confront that, you go around it," Sherman added.
"In what ways is the United States holding Saudi Arabia accountable for war crimes it has committed by murdering civilians on multiple, multiple occasions in Yemen and causing a famine in Yemen?" asked Democratic Representative Andy Levin.
US Representative Ilhan Omar Representative Ilhan Omar said the US relationship with Saudi Arabia "in its current form is immoral.”
"But it is not only immoral, it is counterproductive to our national security," Omar added.
Lawmakers had been holding up the sales amid concerns about civilian casualties in the war and fury at Saudi Arabia over its killing of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey last year. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and outspoken critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was killed and dismembered last May after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, but the US administration refused to let the murder adversely affect its Saudi ties.