According to a notice issued to Congress on Tuesday, the Trump administration has approved the sale of another US$290 million precision-guided bomb to Saudi Arabia.
According to a notice from the National Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the State Council approved the sale of 3,000 Boeing-made GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) ammunition and related equipment from Saudi Arabia.
The sale announced on Tuesday is in addition to the Trump administration’s recently approved permit that will allow Raytheon to sell 7,500 Paveway air-to-ground “smart” bombs directly to Saudi Arabia, with an estimated value of $478 million.
Even when legislators on both sides are increasingly opposed to the sale of Saudi weapons when thousands of people were killed in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the same is true of the arms deal. In 201
but President TrumpDonald Trump Trump called for an end to the “global religious persecution” on the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s death, and Michael Cohen’s interview raised questions.More He has made arms sales to Saudi Arabia an indispensable part of his foreign policy, which he believes is necessary to resist Iran and increase the work of US arms manufacturers.
Last year, the Trump administration promoted the sale of $8.1 billion in “emergency” weapons to Saudi Arabia, which was prevented by lawmakers through informal procedures. Congress eventually passed bipartisan resolutions to block these deals, but Trump vetoed them.
Democrats accuse the secretary of state Mike PompeoMike Pompeo Biden (Mike Pompeo Biden) called for a drastic transformation of Trump’s legacy to modernize American defense: a lasting contempt for truth? There is nothing like him leaving to become President of Donald Trump.understand moreThe improper invocation of emergency agencies circumvents congressional oversight agencies. The State Department’s inspector general later discovered that Pompeo was within his purview to promote sales, but he accused him of failing to ensure that American weapons were not used against civilians.
Regarding the transaction announced on Tuesday, the U.S. government argued in the notice that the sale will “support U.S. foreign policy and national security goals by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that is still the country’s political stability and economic growth. An important force. The Middle East.”
“The proposed sale will increase Saudi Arabia’s ability to respond to current and future threats by increasing its inventory of long-range precision air-to-ground ammunition. The scale and accuracy of SDB I can reduce the collateral damage of effective ammunition,” the notice said.
Tuesday’s notice starts a 30-day clock, during which lawmakers can choose to block the sale.
This sets the deadline as the beginning of the Biden administration, which may also terminate the sale if needed.Elected president Joe BidenMayor of Michigan Joe Biden (Joe Biden) Mayor of Michigan criticizes Facebook posts, suggesting rebellion Vow to reconsider the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
In the days when the Trump administration’s tenure is getting shorter and shorter, the Trump administration has promoted billions of dollars in arms sales, including a $23 billion weapon package for the United Arab Emirates.
In addition to the sale of Saudi weapons, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it approved the sale to Kuwait and Egypt.
For Kuwait, the government approved the sale of eight AH-64E Apache helicopters worth US$4 billion and US$200 million in spare parts to upgrade its “Patriot” anti-missile system.
Egypt was approved to purchase missile countermeasures systems for the targeting pods of its US$104 million presidential aircraft and 20 military aircraft valued at US$65.6 million.