US Senate Fails To Override Trump Veto On Saudi Weapons Sale Ban

The US Senate failed Monday, by vote a vote of 45-40, to override US President Donald Trump’s veto of legislation passed by Congress that would have blocked the sale of certain weapons to Saudi Arabia.

The legislation marks the latest effort by the Congress to punish Saudi Arabia over Yemen atrocities and the Khashoggi murder, both widely linked to de-facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

While the effort has attracted substantial support from Republican lawmakers, Saudi critics in both houses of Congress have failed to muster the two-thirds super-majority needed to override a veto by the US President.

The Senate was also reportedly set to vote on Monday on two more veto overrides of legislation blocking weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.