The president repeated that Congress should take the lead in imposing sanctions on Saudi , but he warned legislators to…
The president repeated that Congress should take the lead in imposing sanctions on Saudi , but he warned legislators to remember the sale of billions of dollars and other commercial bands linking Saudi Arabia and the United States
“As for what we finally do, Mr. Trump: “I will leave it very much – in connection with me – up to the Congress.”
As he previously made Trump talk about the need to protect a store in which Saudi Arabia bought $ 110 billion weapons and made a total of 450 billion dollars in investment in the United States – which he claimed is the fruits of his alliance with the empire. But experts noted that the $ 110 billion figure is excessive, while the $ 450 billion figure is imaginative.
Defense analysts have estimated only $ 14.5 billion in bookkeeping sales, and the actual figure may actually be lower than that. The Saudis have not entered into a single major new arms agreement since, according to Bruce O. Riedel, Trump began a leading man at Brookings Institution, who has studied the country since 1978.
Saudis said he announced a huge deal: a $ 15 billion agreement with Lockheed Martin to buy a Thaad missile defense. But the Saudi Arabian Defense Department allows a September term to expire and leave the future uncertain.
Analysts said there was no data to back up Mr Trump’s statement of $ 450 billion in investment. The Saudi sovereign wealth fund has made major investments in the riding service Uber; private equity company blackstone; and the SoftBank Technology Fund. But together, these investments are a fraction of 450 billion dollars. Mr. Trump claims.
The president warned, as he used to be, that if Saudi Arabia threatens arms sales, Saudi people would be able to turn to Russia, China or France. Mr Riedel said that the US held the leverage effect because of Saudi Arabia’s need for US-manufactured spare parts to continue carrying out its war in Yemen.
“You can not take a Russian radar system and put it on a Saudi F-15,” said Mr. Riedel.