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The US Senate failed to rally a two-thirds majority needed to break the veto used by President Donald Trump to pass arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, contrary to Congressional wishes.

The Republican president decided in May to circumvent Congress by resorting to an emergency mechanism to approve the controversial $ 8.1 billion deals Trump had put in the face of the Iranian threat.

But Congress, with its Republican and democratic wings, did not succumb to Trump's maneuver. It issued a series of decisions to prevent the administration from concluding these contracts with both Saudi Arabia and other US allies, led by the United Arab Emirates, in a harsh blow to the White House.

American parliamentarians voted against these arms deals, especially in anger at the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last October and the large number of civilian casualties caused by the conflict in Yemen. A military alliance against Huthi rebels.

Since the intervention of the coalition, the conflict has resulted in about 10,000 deaths and more than 56,000 wounded, according to the World Health Organization, causing "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world" with millions of people on the verge of famine, according to the United Nations.

Last week, Trump was forced to use his veto for the third time in his tenure to defuse congressional decisions and thus pass arms deals against the will of the legislature.

Trump said in a letter to the Senate justifying the use of a veto to disrupt the council's decisions that these decisions "weaken the competitiveness of the United States at the international level and harm the important relations we have with our allies and partners."

To break the presidential veto, the Senate had to vote again on its decisions, but this time by a two-thirds majority, a majority it could not secure as expected under a Republican-dominated Senate.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin said he regretted his Republican colleagues' vote against the presidential veto, saying they had "abandoned their responsibilities" in monitoring the work of the executive.

"We have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that US weapons are not used to suppress human rights or commit acts of violence against innocent civilians," he said.

WB / HZ (AFP / Reuters)

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