The Trump administration secretly approved the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi without informing Congress.

One transfer was signed off 16 days after the journalist was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October and a second came in February. The remains of Khashoggi, 59, a Saudi-born US resident have never been found. His death threatened to damage Saudi Arabia’s relations with Washington and Western allies.

Details of the deals were disclosed by Tim Kaine, a Democratic senator for Virginia, where Khashoggi lived, amid concern that the Trump administration is taking a “business as usual” approach in aiding Saudi Arabia’s desire to keep up with Iran’s nuclear capability.