President Donald Trump says he’s reluctant to slash weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, saying that if the U.S. doesn’t sell arms to the kingdom, then the Saudis will buy them from Russia or China.
Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first international trip as president and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales to the country. Some U.S. lawmakers want the U.S. to stop the military sales because of Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the case of a missing Saudi writer who vanished after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Turkish officials allege that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.
At a signing ceremony for the “Save Our Seas Act of 2018,” Trump also spoke about Hurricane Michael’s destruction and the Stock Market “correction.”