Report: Massive U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia in final stages


Just one week before President Trump is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia on his first international trip, a major arms deal with the country is nearing completion, according to reports.

Friday, an unnamed senior White House official reportedly told Reuters that the arms package will total over $100 billion, and could surpass $300 billion over the next 10 years.  The official said, “We are in the final stages of a series of deals.”

For the past several years, Saudi Arabia has depended on the United States for most of thier military equipment needs, including F-15 fighter jets and more.   The new package is reported to include ships, air missile defense and maritime security, and American arms and maintenance.

President Trump leaves on May 19, with his first stop being a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for several meetings with Saudi officials, including discussions on how to combat the threat of ISIS.

Other scheduled stops are reported to include Israel, the Vatican, Brussels for a NATO summit, and Sicily for a Group of Seven summit, Reuters reported.

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