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Trump Must Explain Why He Side-Stepped Congress With Saudi Arms Deal

Trump Must Explain Why He Side-Stepped Congress With Saudi Arms Deal
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., June 22, 2019, as he travels to Camp David, Maryland. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 12:28 PM Current | Bio | Archive

NBC News has a story that doesn’t involve the Russia Collusion Delusion, so we are inclined to grant it some credibility. A bipartisan bill sponsored by Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) is “designed to force a vote on current and future U.S. arms sales and other military support to Saudi Arabia, saying it was time lawmakers checked President Donald Trump's attempts to bypass Congress on foreign policy.”

This concern for arms sales isn’t prompted by any overall global strategic dispute. Instead it is a reaction to Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi, who moonlighted as a columnist for the Opposition Media Washington Post. Many of the permanent political class in the swamp were outraged President Trump didn’t issue an arrest warrant for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or at least threaten to unleash Robert Mueller on him.

NBC found, “The resolution cites an obscure provision of the Foreign Assistance Act, which allows Congress to request information on a country's human rights record within 30 days. After receiving a report, Congress can then vote on restricting or halting security assistance to that country, congressional aides said."

“The Trump administration has yet to provide a report to Congress as required by law as to whether Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was personally responsible for the death of Khashoggi, who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”

There are other factors at play here with Saudi Arabia and its remarkably incompetent assassination of a minor political opposition figure. NBC summarized the president’s position, “The Trump administration has rejected criticism of its staunch support for Saudi Arabia, portraying the country as an important bulwark against Iran, citing Iran's backing of Houthi rebels in Yemen and Houthi rocket attacks into Saudi territory. Trump often has argued that arms sales to Saudi Arabia are important for U.S. defense companies and generate jobs for Americans.”

All that is true, but conservatives must strive for consistency in their criticism of administration actions or we will become as much of a credibility laughingstock as CNN.

If this were the Obama administration, conservative media outlets would be in high dudgeon and rightly so. This arms sale to Saudi Arabia needs to be explained and what the administration plans or does not plan to do with regard to the Khashoggi Affair.

Trump side-stepped Congress with this Saudi arms deal. We didn’t like it when Obama acted like an imperial ruler and we should not accept a like action on Trump’s part.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Trump side-stepped Congress with this Saudi arms deal. We didn’t like it when Obama acted like an imperial ruler and we should not accept a like action on Trump’s part.
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