President Donald Trump took a hard slap right across the jaw by someone that is supposed to be his ally in the Senate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) backed a bipartisan piece of legislation that blocked President Trump’s $8.1 billion arms deal with the Saudis.
Lindsey: Foe or friend?
Sen. Graham has proven to be a real head-scratcher for this administration. At times, he has fought just as hard against Trump as he has fought for him.
This has upset Trump supporters and no doubt, President Trump, but there is something to respect about Graham not putting a blanket stamp of approval on just anything President Trump does.
Additionally, while some may not agree with Graham, his reasoning in this decision was sound. Graham is still upset with the Saudis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The South Carolina senator has made it very clear he cannot support helping a country that consistently and blatantly violates human rights.
The Other Side
Working with Graham on the proposal to fight Trump’s plan was Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). He, like Graham, is demanding the Saudis be held responsible for their actions, something Trump has yet to do.
In fact, Trump has even defended the Saudis at one point, but has since walked back some of the comments related to the Khashoggi murder.
Menendez stated: “This report has reignited and even deepened the concern about why this administration seems incapable of holding Saudi Arabia accountable.”
Even though the resolution passed, this deal is still far from over.
Trump will have the right to veto the legislation when it comes across his desk, and he has pretty much stated he will do exactly that.
The measure passed the Senate on two resolutions with a vote of 53-45, and passed with a 51-45 vote on the remaining 20. For the Senate to override Trump’s veto, it would need 67 votes, which it clearly does not have at this time.