State Secretary Mike Pompeo formally told lawmakers Friday of the Administration's plans.
"These sales will support our allies, improve the stability of the Middle East and help these nations deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran" Pompeo said in a statement setting the sales value of $ 8.1 billion.
In a Friday letter to Congress legislators, Pompeo said he "decided there is an emergency that requires immediate sale of defense articles and defense services" to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan "to further discourage the malignant influence of the Iranian government throughout the Middle East" according to a copy received by CNN.
The announcement on the day of President Donald Trump's announcement that he sends an additional 1
Overall, the State Department listed more than 20 proposed sales, according to a congressional source.
CNN reported earlier on Friday that Trump management planned to announce its decision to use an existing rule that would allow it to speed up arms sales to allies in the Middle East. The move drew two-party condemnation, with legislators decoding the precedent it sets, questioning the administration's claims of an emergency and raising the issue of Saudi Arabia's human rights record and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pompeo addressed the legislature's misfortune directly in his statement, saying: "I mean that this determination should be a one-off event." He noted that the provision has been used by at least four former administrations since 1979 and said "this specific measure does not change our long-term review of arms transfer with Congress."
But he also threw himself at the congress.
"Deleting this shipment can cause degraded systems and lack of necessary parts and maintenance that can create severe airworthiness and interoperability problems for our key partners over a period of increasing regional volatility", said Pompeo. "These national security concerns have been exacerbated by many months of Congress's delay in dealing with these critical requirements and have questioned our reliability as a defense capability provider, opening up opportunities for US opponents to exploit."
An American official tells CNN that the arms of the UAE and Saudi Arabia will include surveillance aircraft and maintenance, as well as training programs, advanced precision attenuation weapon control systems and Javelin missiles.
Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the highest Republican in the Foreign Affairs Committee on Foreign Affairs, called the management "unhappy" in a statement.
While he understood, he understood the frustration that "important members of Congress held this arms sale for a long time," he added, "the president's decision to use an emergency exemption on this sale is unfortunate and will harm some future congressional interactions ".
"The Trump administration informed Congress that it invokes an unbreakable provision of the Arms Export Control Act to eliminate the statutory congressional review of the sale of precision-controlled ammunition to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and others, but failed to explain its legal or practical grounds for do so, says New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top democracy of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, in a statement.
"Disappointed but not surprised"
"I'm disappointed, but not surprised that Trump management has failed to prioritize our long-term national security interests or stand up for human rights and instead give benefits to authoritarian countries such as Saudi Arabia,
Committee's Republican President, later Jim Risch, told CNN that he "has been formally notified of the Administration's intention to proceed with an ant all arms sales "and is reviewing the legal justification for this measure.
The Arms Agency's 36 § allows the White House to abstain from the traditional 30-day congressional registration period for arms sales by the president explaining an emergency so as to prevent the congress from being able to spend a while on some arms agreements.
"President Trump only uses this dirt hole because he knows Congress wouldn't approve this sale," said late Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, in a statement. "There is no new" emergency "reason to sell bombs to the Saudis to release into Yemen, and it does so just to maintain the humanitarian crisis there, putting an incredibly dangerous precedent that future presidents can use to sell weapons without a control from the congress. "
" We have the constitutional duty to declare war and the responsibility of overseeing arms sales that violate our national security interests. If we do not face this abuse of authority, we will permanently provide ourselves with decide who to sell weapons for, "Murphy added.
Then. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat sitting in the Senate Learning Committee, said that Trump's decision to sell weapons outside the normal review process is "unacceptable" and that Khashoggi's murder changed her perception of Riyadh.
"My view of Saudi Arabia changed with the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, Feinstein said.
" I do not support another Saudi war sale, and I urge all my Senate colleagues to stand up for congressional records and block the president's final run around the law. "