Rand Paul Promises Big Move
Article from Reason by Brian Doherty.
Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) told a radio station today that he intends to try, once again, to block U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. While the particular news hook this week is the Saudi government’s possible complicity in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Paul has long been opposed to the U.S. role in helping support, among other things, the corrupt and repressive regime’s highly destructive war in Yemen.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D–N.J.) has also, Bloomberg reports, “notified the Trump administration he would use an informal procedure to block sales to Saudi Arabia because of his concern about the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.”
Paul told the Louisville station WHAS that he knows his position on this currently differs from the Trump administration’s, “but who knows, the president may come around on this if there is any evidence they killed this journalist.”
The Saudis insist that Khashoggi left their consulate in Turkey, where he is presumed by many to have been killed after entering to get a legal document related to his planned wedding.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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