WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering an emergency declaration that would allow it to make an arms shipment to Saudi Arabia without the approval of Congress, two U.S. officials and lawmakers opposed to the move said Thursday.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia has been on hold for over a year.
The law requires Congress to be notified of potential arms sales, giving the body the opportunity to block the sale.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who would authorize the waiver, has been considering the step for months, according to the officials.
Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut warned Wednesday that the administration might use the “obscure loophole” to bypass congressional approval.
The State Department declined to comment, citing a policy against discussing potential arms sales until Congress is notified. »