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Trump Looking to Ease Restrictions on US Weapons Sales Overseas

Trump Looking to Ease Restrictions on US Weapons Sales Overseas
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By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 07:35 AM

President Donald Trump is getting set to relax certain restrictions on overseas sales of U.S. weapons, Politico is reporting.

The anticipated move is expected to come in the fall in either an executive order or presidential memorandum, according to the website.

But it has some concerned it could lead to flooding the international market with high-tech weapons, Politico noted, and there are also fears it could further inflame conflicts like those in the Middle East.

The changes could include permitting the State Department and Pentagon to aggressively push American arms manufacturers.

"It is about making sure we are doing everything we can to promote the competitiveness of American trade," said an unnamed State Department official involved in the discussions. "The message from the NSC is we can certainly be doing more."

Officials claim the move would enhance America's international interests.

But others are expressing concern over the expected changes, Politico reported.

"The questions I would have are what are the motivations?" asked Rachel Stohl, who oversees the Conventional Defense Program at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank. "The United States is the world's largest arms exporter. Are there markets closed to the United States? Yes. Are there reasons they are closed? Yes. Are those reasons good? I think they are.

The U.S. is already the top arms exporter in the world, CNN noted.

Saudi Arabia topped the list of recipients of American made arms from 2011-2015.

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