June 20, 2019 / 4:25 PM / a month ago

U.S. Senate rejects arms sales to Saudi Arabia, rebuking Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday backed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to complete weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries, in a rare rebuke of the White House by some of his fellow Republicans in Congress.

The vote was 53-45 for the first of 22 resolutions of disapproval the Senate was to consider related to Trump’s decision last month to sidestep the congressional review process and complete more than $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle

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