Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Accelerate Arms Sales and Deploy Troops to Saudi Arabia

September 21, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration announced plans to send additional U.S. forces and accelerate arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to the alleged Iranian attack on Saudi oil fields and refineries last week:

“President Trump’s plan to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and UAE, and to deploy additional U.S. forces to the region is the latest outrageous attempt by the Trump Administration to circumvent the bipartisan, bicameral will of Congress.  These unacceptable actions are cause for alarm.

“This summer, the House and Senate passed bipartisan Resolutions of Disapproval to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE and to condemn the Saudis for their continued assault on countless men, women and children.  Americans are weary of war, and have no interest in entering another Middle East conflict, particularly on behalf of Saudi Arabia.  They will not stand by while the President undermines our security and jeopardizes the lives of our brave servicemembers.  Congress will do our job to uphold the Constitution, defend our national security and protect the American people.

“Once again, President Trump is turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s continued violence against innocent Yemenis, as well as its horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its gross abuses of human rights, which represent a moral and humanitarian crisis.  The United States cannot enable more brutality and bloodshed.”