Trump to Announce $350 Billion Arms Deal During Saudi Arabia Visit

Trump to Announce $350 Billion Arms Deal During Saudi Arabia Visit | White House will present sale as targeting Iran

Over the past few weeks there’ve been multiple reports of President Trump planning to unveil a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia during his Riyadh visit, and the figures have kept rising. What was $100 billion earlier this week is now, according to the most recent reports $350 billion.

That would make it one of the largest arms deals in US history, and realistically in world history, and indications are that President Trump intends to present this as part of the push for the creation of “Arab NATO,” and by extension make it about Sunni Arabs confronting Iran.

This single deal would dwarf President Obama’s arms deals throughout his entire term in office, which are estimated at $200 billion, and are themselves the biggest amount of arms sales by any administration in the post war era. Saudi Arabia was a large buyer then, as well.

With Saudi Arabia locked in a seemingly endless war in Yemen, they’re going to continue to throw money at more costly US munitions and weaponry in hopes of winning what they thought would be a simple war, and all indications are that the current administration will be just as eager as the last one to sign off on them.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • Tecumseh1768

    Class, today’s word for the day is “scruples”

    scruples [skroo-puh ls]
    a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.

    Example,Washington has no scruples about selling weapons to terrorists.

    • rosemerry

      This is a completely new word, never before seen in the USA.

      • Tecumseh1768

        One would think. 🙂

  • novembersneverending

    Maybe some of that money would indirectly fall on Americans for peace, so they might donate some millions,to this site, since usually I see a painfully slow funding and not only for this site, consortiumnews also

  • john

    Expect the weapons won’t help, but they will bankrupt the Saudis sooner. So all in all positive. Some made up Arab saying, “you give your friend a camel, you give your enemy a racehorse” Military equipment specially American military equipment is the ultimate racehorse

  • Innocuous

    Saudi Arabia spends $63.7 billion on their military or 10% of their GDP. Iran on the other hand spends $12.3 billion which is 3% of their GDP. What the hell is Saudi Arabia afraid of?

    • dieter heymann

      The knowledge throughout the Muslim world that the people of Iran ousted a hated Emperor.

  • deganawida

    Insanity for a $

  • rosemerry

    Using unneeded weapons to destroy a sovereign nation which is of no danger to any country, certainly not the USA and NATO, makes the Saudi régime and Israel close pals of any US Administration.

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  • Schmizer

    What’s a “post war era”, inasmuch as we’ve been at war for a long time now. Does a post-war era refer to time after WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc?

  • TellTheTruth-2

    Thanks Jason .. for exposing Trump’s mission .. a SALESMAN for the Military/Industrial Complex.

    • Scott Lazarowitz

      A salesman for another new Trump golf resort, this time in Saudi Arabia, that is.

      • TellTheTruth-2

        LOL .. if so, he learned it from the Bush/Clinton Crime Families.

  • pm61

    SA beheads more people than ISIS. They are slaughtering civilians in Yemen. They helped fund the 9/11 terrorists. It should be illegal to sell them weapons. Why should it even be a question?