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Trump administration used loophole to sell $7B worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia

30 days ago   |   By New York Post

The Trump administration used an emergency loophole in an arms control export law to kickstart $7 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision on Friday. The move bypasses normal congressional review of arms sales, according to AP. Pompeo cited threats Saudi Arabia faces from Iran as...
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Trump defies Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

Trump defies Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

30 days ago   |   By Think Progress

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over Iran on Friday, which allowed him to side-step Congress and move forward with a $8 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia as well as the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the supposed threat from Iran to justify the national emergency and said that the sales - along with the impending deployment of 1,500 troops to the region - was a one-off necessity in order to help “deter” Iran.
The deal encompasses 22 pending transfers to the three Gulf countries, and includes weapons such as precision-guided...
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