by Cassy Fiano | May 20, 2017 3:26 pm
As threats continue to grow in the Middle East, it has fallen to Donald Trump to find ways to build stability in the Middle East. This is not only due to the rise of ISIS, but also to combat increasing aggression from Iran as well. And a new deal that Trump just signed with Saudi Arabia will hopefully help stabilize the region.
Saturday, a $110 billion arms deal was signed between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, Saudi Arabia will receive fighter jets, tanks, radar, combat ships and anti-missile defense systems, which the White House also says will create defense-based jobs in the United States. In return, Saudi Arabia will “assume more of the burden of policing the Persian Gulf and Red Sea against Iranian aggression.” Altogether, it will mean up to $350 billion worth of weapons for Saudi Arabia.
[email protected] completes largest single arms deal in U.S. history- negotiating a package totaling more than $109.7B. #POTUSAbroad #SaudiArabia pic.twitter.com/6lBIEMgBEV
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) May 20, 2017
Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, reportedly helped finalize the deal.
Kushner 'personally called Lockheed Martin CEO to get better price for the Saudis in $100bn arms deals https://t.co/o6j1qKJ2T9
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 20, 2017
The White House also applauded the deal in a newly-released statement.
“This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, while also bolstering the Kingdom’s ability to contribute to counter terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the U.S. military to conduct those operations,” the statement read. “This package demonstrates, in the clearest terms possible, the United States commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia and our Gulf partners, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. defense industrial base.”
Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead. #POTUSAbroad pic.twitter.com/JJOra0KfyR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2017
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