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the US Senate on Monday failed to hold weapons sales to Saudi Arabia president Donald Trump has vetoed legislation passed by Congress that would block eight billion dollars in military sales to the kingdom the Senate on Monday made three separate efforts to overturn the president's veto but fell short of the two thirds required the trump administration and may announce it would push ahead with billions of dollars of arms sales to Saudi Arabia sidestepping the congressional review process by declaring an emergency over tensions with Iran , Saudi Arabia and the UAE lead an air campaign against Iran back who the rebels in Yemen but lawmakers in Congress want to pressure Riyadh to improve its human rights record and to do more to avoid civilian casualties in Yemen , trump however argued that cutting off weapons to Saudi Arabia would weaken US relations with a long time ally and hurt US competitiveness trump also views foreign military sales as a means of creating jobs in the U. S.