In floor remarks and a written statement, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee described the White House’s decision as “shocking and deeply disappointing,” adding that he was “saddened that the rights of the Western Sahara people have been traded away.”

“The president has been poorly advised by his team,” Inhofe said. “He could have made this deal without trading the rights of a voiceless people.”

Inhofe’s remarks come as the Trump administration is preparing to sell arms to Morocco in the wake of its normalization agreement with Israel, according to congressional aides. Congress will have 30 days to block the sale once the White House formally notifies Capitol Hill of the expected transfer…

The United States’ recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara is a break from the United Nations, the African Union, the International Court of Justice and the European Union. Morocco and the Polisario Front have long fought over the sovereignty of the former Spanish North African territory.