The Heat: Saudi arms sales controversy

The Heat

It was back in 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump announced a $110 billion arms package to Saudi Arabia.

Then this May, Trump announced an $8 billion arms deal – without Congressional approval – to send weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. In a sharp, bipartisan rebuke, the U.S. Senate voted last week to block that sale.

CGTN’s Owen Fairclough reports.

To discuss:

  • Reem Daffa is the vice president and executive director of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee.
  • Banafsheh Keynoush is an international geopolitical consultant and the author of “Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foe.” 
  • Mohsen Milani is the executive director of the University of South Florida’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies.
  • Ian Black is a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre.

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