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in this latest attempt to circumvent Congress president trump declared a national emergency with Iran so he could push to him more than eight billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates and to join in the White House alerted congressional committees of its intent on Friday to go ahead with twenty two military sales including precision guided weapons support for F. fifteen fighter jets and anti tank missiles US secretary of state Mike Pompeii %HESITATION said in the statement U. S. partners in the Middle East need the weapons to help deter Iran and that this decision to go around Congress was meant to be a quote onetime event the US is also planning to send fifteen hundred additional troops to the region lawmakers had been blocking military sales to the Saudis and the UAE for months to protest the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey , as well as the massive number of civilian deaths in the Saudi and UAE backed campaign in Yemen both Democrats and Republicans are upset over this latest tactic to bypass the longstanding president for congressional review of major weapons sales this is not the first time the two major branches of government fail to see eye to eye when it comes to the Middle East earlier this year the house and the Senate voted to end US military support for the campaigning Yemen but that was later vetoed by the president