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Trump again uses arms sales to justify Saudi ties, dragging U.S. defense contractors into an unwelcome debate

Nov 21, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

As political pressure builds over the killing and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi state, President Trump has continued to shine an unwelcome spotlight on U.S. weapons manufacturers as he seeks to justify an increasingly controversial U.S.-Saudi military alliance.

Near the top of an official White House statement that started with the lines "America First!" and "The world is a very dangerous place!," Trump named specific U.S. defense contractors as bene...