The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed a decade-long arms deal with Saudi Arabia with an initial sale of $109.7 billion and a potential projection of up to $380 billion. This, the largest arms deal in U.S. history, stands in stark contrast to Trump’s prior comments about Saudi Arabia’s status as the homeland of the 9/11 instigators. He previously called for economic sanctions against the country. The administration says this move is in the best economic interest of both countries. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was known to be integral in negotiating the prices. Saudi Arabia is expected to use some of the weapons in their involvement in the Yemeni civil war. Rights activists have said this has the potential to make the USA complicit in possible war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in that conflict.
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