Story highlights President Trump is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia later this week William Hartung: When Trump arrives, he should hold back sale of laser-guided bombs and call for cease-fire in Yemen William D. Hartung is the Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. (CNN)When President Donald Trump touches down in Saudi Arabia this week, he will be bearing gifts in the form of a massive arms package worth up to $100 billion, a senior White House official told Reuters. As with all things Trump, the figure is likely an exaggeration, because it reportedly includes major offers made during the Obama administration. But it is a huge deal nonetheless, said to include a THAAD missile defense system, armored personnel carriers, long-range artillery, combat ships and possibly a controversial sale of laser-guided bombs. While far from the most lucrative element of the package, the potential sale of laser-guided bombs is the most troubling. The deal was suspended by the Obama administration last December because of what it described as “systematic, endemic problems in Saudi Arabia’s targeting” in its airstrikes in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is… Read full this story
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