Graham: 'I've got a real problem' with arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico Bolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday criticized the Trump administration pushing through arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"I’ve got a real problem with going back to doing business as usual with Saudi Arabia," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."

"Jordan is a great ally. The [United Arab Emirates] has been problematic in Yemen but are a good ally. Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, but [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] was, in my opinion, involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and he’s done a lot of other disruptive things, so I don’t support the arms sales now," he continued.

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Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 3, 2018.

U.S. and international intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince authorized the operation.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE, however, has declined to condemn him, questioning whether he was involved in the killing.

Saudi authorities have announced investigations of 21 people connected to Khashoggi's death, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five men accused of being directly involved.

The Trump administration on Friday invoked an emergency provision of the law governing arms sales to immediately sell Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies weapons without congressional approval.

The move has been slammed by Democrats who say the threat of Iran cited by President Trump is inflated.

In a four-paragraph statement, Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) criticized the administration as failing "to even identify which legal mechanism it thinks it is using," adding the notification "described years of malign Iranian behavior but failed to identify what actually constitutes an emergency today."