Trump defies congress, OKs arms for Saudis

President Donald Trump has done an end run around congress to approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
President Donald Trump has done an end run around congress to approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

US President Donald Trump is clearing the sale of billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and other countries despite strong resistance to the plan from both Republicans and Democrats.

Trump has justified the sale by saying there is a national emergency because of tensions with Iran.

The administration has informed congressional committees that it will go ahead with 22 arms deals worth about $US8 billion ($A12 billion), congressional aides said, sweeping aside a long-standing precedent for congressional review of such sales.

Australian Associated Press