Washington, United States of America (CNN) – US Senator Robert Menendez, a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, has revealed that the administration of President Donald Trump is planning to sell weapons again to Saudi Arabia.
This comes despite the fact that the Trump administration is facing prosecution from Democratic members of Congress who believe that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have recommended the dismissal of State Department inspector Steve Linnick because he was investigating his controversial decision to accelerate the path of a previous arms deal to the kingdom under the justification of the “state of emergency.”You may also be interested
Menendez, in a CNN opinion piece, said he discovered that the Trump administration was seeking to sell previously undisclosed weapons to Saudi Arabia, which include “thousands of precision-guided bombs,” to the “friend of the president” Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.
Menendez added that before the start of the shutdown due to the outbreak of the newly created Coronavirus, “I received a draft of the Foreign Ministry documents that it is now following the previously undisclosed sale, the details of which have not been announced yet, although the Saudis apparently want to get out of their failed and brutal war.” In Yemen, although a bipartisan majority in Congress rejected previous sales of these weapons, “without revealing how he obtained these documents.
“The Trump administration has refused to answer our fundamental questions to justify this new sale and to express its compatibility with American values and national security goals,” he said.
“This is not an isolated problem,” Menendez said, noting that the administration’s push to sell new weapons to Riyadh comes after Trump’s decision to expel State Department’s Inspector General Steve Link. “The catastrophe of arms sales last year must serve as a warning to prevent history from repeating itself,” he said.
He added, “There was no emergency, it was a fabricated tale to reward an eager and inappropriate agent for American weapons.” He continued by saying that the State Department should provide justifications for selling bombs to Saudi Arabia, calling Pompeo to answer congressional questions about this potential new deal.