Disturbing report reveals Trump is allowing U.S. bomb parts to be built in Saudi Arabia — despite objections from Congress
In May, President Donald Trump circumvented Congress when he made an emergency declaration over Iran and announced that he would proceed with additional arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite the objections from some members of the House of Representatives and Senate. And the New York Times is reporting that the declaration has raised concerns not only because of the war in Yemen but also because of the access it gives the Saudi government to specific weapons technology.
The declaration, according to Times reporters Michael LaForgia and Walt Bogdanich, allows the defense firm Raytheon Company to work with the Saudi military in building high-tech bomb parts in that country. The Trump Administration released that information to Congress this week.
One of the high-tech weapons Raytheon provides is Paveway smart bombs, and the Times has learned that the emergency declaration gives the Saudi government access to the technology used to make the bombs.
This new arrangement, the Times reports, is “part of a larger arms package, previously blocked by Congress, that includes 120,000 precision-guided bombs that Raytheon is prepared to ship” — adding to the collection of bombs the Saudi government has already stockpiled.
Democrats aren’t the only ones in Congress speaking out against the Saudi arms deal and the emergency declaration. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, ordinarily a vocal cheerleader for Trump, has joined Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Bob Melendez (a New Jersey Democrat) in announcing plans to introduce 22 separate measures voicing their opposition.
While Trump has been a vocal defender of the Saudi government — including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — Paul is an outspoken critic. On Thursday, the Kentucky Republican and son of former Rep. Ron Paul warned in an official statement, “Few nations should be trusted less than Saudi Arabia. In recent years, they have fomented human atrocities, repeatedly lied to the United States and have proved to be a reckless regional pariah. It is concerning and irresponsible for the United States to continue providing them arms.”