"They pointed out that former president Barack Obama's administration had halted a planned sale of of PGM's to Saudi Arabia in December, "due to concerns over the widespread civilian casualties in Yemen" and "significant deficiencies" in the Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force's (RSAF) targeting capabilities".
"Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records and has supported numerous extremists terrorizing the people of the Middle East and the world", Amash said in a statement. Saudi Arabia was the first stop on Trump's first worldwide trip this week, and he marked the visit by announcing the arms deal in Riyadh on May 20.
Amash, who represents the Grand Rapids area, introduced a resolution Thursday with Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan disapproving of the sale, joined by Reps.
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Three senators are renewing a push to block President Donald Trump's $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, citing the risk of worsening the conflict in Yemen. But interestingly, the publicity and the debate that developed around it-President Obama, who had sold more weapons to Saudi Arabia than all of the previous presidents combined, changed his mind after hearing the debate.
Some of the weapons are meant to aid the Saudis in the conflict in Yemen, where they lead a coalition against the Iran-allied rebels, according to the Associated Press. I'm afraid they'll use some of our weapons to bomb civilians.
"The message to the Saudi regime, and the Saudi people, from President Trump and his family is that these issues are no longer important enough to even mention". The deal could be expanded over a decade to reach $350 billion.