US Congress has questioned Trump administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia following the deadly attack at a US Navy base in Florida last week. It is learnt that US Congress may scrutinize this relationship soon and it will lead to another open war between Republicans and Democrats. But this time, Lawmakers from both parties may demand for a review of U.S.-Saudi relations after the shooting incident.
Congress has long criticized President Trump’s close embrace of the Gulf ally, especially after Saudi agents killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate last year. Both chambers have voted to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid the war in Yemen, but Mr. Trump has vetoed the measure.
A member of the Saudi Air Force who was training in the U.S. shot and killed three U.S. service members in Friday’s attack, and U.S. officials are probing the shooting as a possible act of terrorism.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) was critical of the response to the shooting, calling members of the Trump administration “PR agents for the Saudis” on Twitter. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) wrote on Twitter that “It’s way past time to quit arming and training the Saudis.”
Bipartisan criticism of Mr. Trump’s support for the Saudis has not yet reached veto-proof margins. But further revelations about the nature of the attack at the base could prompt further congressional action to pare back U.S. support for the country.