For a President that talks a lot about fake news and fake this and fake that, it seems that a lot of his puffery is faked. First we heard about the migrant caravan that was going to ravage our southern border, which turned out to be fake. Pretty sure our southern border is still there and no migrant crisis has befallen the American people. Then there was the fake emergency about migrants, yet again (seriously there was a separate one), about the border (again) and securing funding for the border wall because we’d be overrun by migrants. Again, not seeing it so seems pretty fake.
Finally there is his whole fake climate crisis, or the fact that he said that the climate isn’t an issue. So really that one is a lack of a crisis when all scientific evidence points to the contrary. Now, even after all of this, he has bestowed unto us another emergency. This one being fare more dire. For us and foreign affairs of course, not for him. Because it’s fake.
Reports are showing that President trump has created yet another “emergency” to sell $8billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. The President used his emergency powers to bypass congress, who would have needed to approve, of the sale. Now, Democrats are crying foul and accusing Trump of making yet another fake emergency.
R Clarke Cooper, the State Department’s assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to defend the arms sales cleared by Trump’s emergency declaration last month, which waived a 30-day congressional review required by the US Arms Export Control Act of 1976. In declaring an emergency, the Trump administration cited growing tensions with Iran.
Democrats on the House panel said Trump’s action violated the law because there was no actual emergency. They also said the move sends a message that the US will tolerate human rights abuses by Saudi Arabia and civilian casualties in Yemen so long as Riyadh spends billions on American weapons.
“There is no emergency. It’s phony. It’s made up. And it’s an abuse of the law,” said Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Now is that necessarily true? Let’s break it down a bit. In order for the President to use emergency override powers, there does in fact need to be an actual emergency in which there’s some sort of threat to The United State or a global issue. But the way Trump has justified this is saying that there’s a rising threat from Iran to the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates, and Americans in the region. Maybe he should have thought about the before pulling us out of the Iran deal in may of last year? And now there’s even talks about making another deal with Iran, which I’m sure Trump will tout as a great peace offering, even though Obama did it in 2015 and laid that framework.
Anyway, getting back to the matter at hand there really wasn’t any emergency globally or nationally that would give Trump the authority to do this. A vote is expected next week in the Senate and we know of at least 4 Republicans that will cross the isle to stand with the Dems on this one.
Members of congress are also calling out the current state of the US/Saudi relationship to be very bad for our national security.The US relationship with Saudi Arabia “in its current form is immoral”, said Democrat Ilhan Omar.
“But it is not only immoral, it is counterproductive to our national security,” Omar added.
One can only hope that this absurd arms deal, which is clearly a cash grab of some sorts, and for god only knows why, will get shot down in the Senate. But with a mostly GOP faction in place there, I wouldn’t hold your breath.