US SOLD $110 BILLION WEAPONS TO S.ARABIA
According to Washington Post’s news, “It's a terrible thing and it certainly would not be a positive,” the president said. “I would not be happy at all. I guess you would have to say, so far, it's looking a little bit like that. We’re going to have to see.” Trump answered over the questions of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia is the largest oil exporter in the world, the biggest buyer of American weapons and the main counterweight to Iran. The Trump administration has built its entire strategy for the region. Trump even visited Saudi Arabia on his first international trip as president and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales to the country.
TRUMP HAS 120 DAYS TO DECIDE
Asked at a press conference in the Oval Office whether the US would cut arms sales if the Saudi government was found to be responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance, the president demurred, saying the US could lose its share of the huge Saudi arms market to Russia or China.
In a letter to Trump, the lawmakers triggered the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act, which gives the president 120 days to decide whether to impose sanctions on any foreign person he determines sponsored or was involved in the disappearance of Khashoggi.