“The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” Trump said on June 9 in the Rose Garden. “We have to stop the funding of terrorism.” Oh, really, Donald? Then why did you just authorize them to purchase over $21 billion of U.S. weapons?
One part of the deal includes $12 billion for 36 F-15QA fighter jet, which was signed on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., when Qatar’s Defense Minister met with.
“We are pleased to announce today the signing of the letter of offer and acceptance for the purchase of the F-15QA fighter jets, with an initial cost of $12 billion dollars,” read the Qatari Defense Minister’s statement on Wednesday afternoon. “We believe that this agreement will propel Qatar’s ability to provide for its own security while also reducing the burden placed upon the United States military in conducting operations against violent extremism.”
The Qatari ambassador to the U.S. tweeted a photo of the signing.
CBS News points out, “The full arms sale, of over $20 billion for 72 F-15QA fighter jets, was notified in November 2016. This means it had already been authorized by congress and the executive branch, when President Obama was in office, before the Trump administration came into office.”
While that’s true, if Trump really thinks Qatar is funding terrorism, why not try to do something to stop the deal?
One minute you call them ‘high-level sponsors of terrorism’, then 5 days later you sell them weapons?
Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, said in an interview, “The mixed messages the administration is sending on many national security issues is baffling,”