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Trump Wins Veto Fight With Senate to Allow Arms Sales to Saudis

Trump Wins Veto Fight With Senate to Allow Arms Sales to Saudis(Bloomberg) — The Senate lost a bid to override President Donald Trump’s veto and block arms sales to Saudi Arabia to punish the kingdom for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi.The votes Monday demonstrate the limits of Congress’ ability to act as a check on the president’s policies, even on foreign policy issues where some Republicans oppose the president’s position. Only a handful of GOP senators joined Democrats in voting to override the vetoes. None of the three resolutions got more than 46 votes — far short of the two-thirds majority needed.Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Saudi Arabia has been targeting civilians in its war against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.“There are few days in this body when we can say our votes will save lives,” Menendez of New Jersey said on the Senate floor just before the votes. “Today is such a day.“The three resolutions were intended to halt what House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called “the most controversial and significant sales contemplated,” including precision-guided munitions for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Lawmakers are increasingly questioning the war in Yemen that has resulted in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.Congress had passed the measures with support from both parties after Trump used an emergency declaration to allow $ 8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and other countries over congressional objections.Trump vetoed the measures on July 24, saying that blocking the sales “would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners.” It was the third veto of his administration and the second related to Saudi Arabia.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a key Trump ally who has clashed with the president on this issue, had said last week that he wasn’t optimistic the override effort would succeed.“I doubt that’ll happen but we’ll try,” said Graham of South Carolina.The day after Trump issued his vetoes, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced a new measure that would halt arms sales to the kingdom and impose sanctions on those found responsible for Khashoggi’s killing, including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman if he is found to have played a role in the murder. The measure is sponsored by Menendez and three Republicans, including Graham.To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Flatley in Washington at dflatley1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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The Latest: Iran says Saudis release tanker after 2 ½ months

The Latest: Iran says Saudis release tanker after 2 ½ monthsIran’s semi-official Mehr news agency is reporting that Saudi Arabia has released an Iranian oil tanker after two and a half months. Happyness 1, belonging to the Iranian National Tanker Company (NITC), which was carrying over 1 million barrels of fuel oil, suffered a malfunction in the Red Sea off the coast of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on April 30. Mehr said Saudi officials had prevented the oil tanker from leaving the Jeddah port despite the fact that Iran had paid all the costs of maintenance and repair that the Saudi authorities had demanded.



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Jared Kushner Does Not 'Dispute' Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi's Death

Jared Kushner Does Not 'Dispute' Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi's DeathKushner said he urged the Crown Prince to “be as transparent as possible”



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Saudis Pledge to Ensure Oil Supply if Iran Exports Collapse

Saudis Pledge to Ensure Oil Supply if Iran Exports CollapseThe Saudis are closely monitoring oil-market developments after the U.S. announcement regarding export sanctions on Iran, Al-Falih said in a statement. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will ensure an “appropriate supply” of oil along with the U.S., as President Donald Trump won’t re-issue Iran oil waivers set to expire in May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier on Monday in Washington. “Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil,” Trump said on Twitter.



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Did Saudi Arabia hack Jeff Bezos? Amazon CEO adviser says Saudis 'got private information'

Did Saudi Arabia hack Jeff Bezos? Amazon CEO adviser says Saudis 'got private information'Saudi Arabian officials with an interest in harming Jeff Bezos obtained his "private information," according to an adviser to the world's richest man.



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Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is: official

Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is: officialRiyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials “acting outside their scope of authority” and that 11 people have been charged with the crime. Jubeir was interviewed Friday, the same day President Donald Trump ignored a congressional deadline for reporting on who assassinated Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been openly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.



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Senators Seek to Punish Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder, Yemen War

Senators Seek to Punish Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder, Yemen WarThe bill would prohibit some arms sales to Saudi Arabia and bar U.S. in-flight refueling of Saudi coalition aircraft involved in the civil war in Yemen. The administration has said it already has halted the refueling.



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Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murderPompeo told reporters he had also raised a number of human rights issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including women’s rights activists who have been detained for months and some allegedly tortured. Khashoggi, a longtime royal insider who had become a critic of the crown prince, was killed in October in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, prompting a global outcry including U.S. Treasury sanctions on 17 individuals and a Senate resolution blaming Prince Mohammed. A CIA assessment has blamed the crown prince for ordering the killing, which Saudi officials deny.



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U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murderThe U.S. secretary of state said Monday that Saudi leaders assured him everyone responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would be held accountable.



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Saudis Say OPEC+ Oil Cuts on ‘Right Track’ to Balance the Market

Saudis Say OPEC+ Oil Cuts on ‘Right Track’ to Balance the Market“The action we have taken, quickly in December and that we’re seeing implemented as we speak, is a lifeline to U.S. shale producers,” Khalid Al-Falih said at a conference in Abu Dhabi. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, led by Saudi Arabia, agreed to cut oil output this year to support prices. Crude producers in the U.S. are pumping a record 11.7 million barrels a day, according to the Energy Information Administration.



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