Rand Paul may halt Trump’s weapons deal

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The $110 billion arms deal which President Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman signed Saturday may already be in jeopardy.

According to staff in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul plans to force a Senate vote on the deal, which could potentially throw its future into uncertainty, the Washington Examiner reported.

Out of concerns that the deal may draw the U.S. into the civil war in Yemen, Paul is expected to introduce a measure on Wednesday that will allow him to force a vote in early June, after the Memorial Day break.

The agreement, which includes ships, aircraft, tanks and other ammunition, is potentially worth as much as $350 billion over the next 10 years – some of which has already been approved by the State Department under the Obama administration.

According to the Washington Examiner, the State Department has already approved the following:

  • $11.25 billion for four of the littoral combat ships and over 500 Sea Sparrow missiles

  • $6.8 billion for over 3,100 missiles and bombs

  • $1.15 billion for 133 M1A2S Abrams battle tanks and Hercules armored recovery vehicles

  • $525 million for Aerostat surveillance blimps

  • $500 million in ammunition

State Secretary Rex Tillerson stated on Saturday that the arms deal will allow Saudi Arabia to be more effective in fighting against the Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

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