US House Speaker Nancy pelosi said that the House of Representative would soon vote to block the transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia, America’s strongest ally in the Persian Gulf.
Pelosi said during an interview with Fareed Zakaria hosted by the council on Foreign Relations.” There will be a vote to remove any authority to make those sales to Saudi Arabia, this is some thing that we will fight, and we’ll have bipartisan support to fight”.
In her interview on Thursday night, Pelosi noted that Trump’s first trip abroad as president was to Saudi Arabia, where he struck the massive arms deal. She warned that Trump’s arms deal “includes nuclear technology that he is transferring to Saudi Arabia.”
“Follow the money. What’s going on here?” she said. “And there’s a question of who is financially benefiting from the nuclear part of the sales to Saudi Arabia. The case against Saudi Arabia in terms of Yemen, in terms of Khashoggi, in terms of so much that they should not be receiving these weapons sales is very strongly bipartisan in the Congress.”
On May 20, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signed a series of letters of intent for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to purchase arms from the United States totaling $110 billion immediately, and $350 billion over 10 years. The intended purchases include tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, as well as radar, communications and cybersecurity technology which are being used in up going war in Yemen and killed tens of thousands of Yemenis mostly women and children.
Pelosi also denounced Trump’s renewed war rhetoric accusations against Iran and his decision to pull out from the Iran nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama administration.
“I’m not going to accuse anybody of instigating anything, but we’re not having a policy that would smooth the waters, so to speak,” she added. “I think he probably knows that there’s no appetite for war among the American people.”