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US shipping ‘emergency’ munitions to Saudis

17 June 2019
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The United States is in the process of delivery munitions to Saudi Arabia without Congressional approval because of an emergency, a senior State Department official told the House Foreign Affairs committee on 12 June.

“To paraphrase a colloquialism our DoD [Department of Defense] colleagues refer to, ‘pushing munitions’ is happening now and actually it’s happened prior to this hearing,” Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper said when asked whether the declaration of an emergency on 24 May had resulted in anything being delivered. “Anything that is – what is called – off-the-shelf is already moving.”

Many members of the committee were critical of the Trump administration’s use of what they described as a “phoney emergency” to bypass the normal Congressional review process of 22 arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Jordan.

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