Categories for Saudi Arabia

32,080. 1/7/2020

MIDDLE EAST/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Had a very good meeting with @kbsalsaud of Saudi Arabia. We discussed Trade, Military, Oil Prices, Security, and Stability in the Middle East!”

Donald Trump,, January 7, 2020 2:05 pm

31,291. 12/6/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump confirmed that the suspected shooter who killed three people and wounded at least eight others at a Naval base in Pensacola on Friday [12-6-19] morning was a Saudi national and announced that he’d spoken with the kingdom’s ruler about the attack…Members of the Saudi royal family, including the king, expressed their condolences and condemnation of the attack in a statement sent out by the Saudi embassy…The name of the suspect in Friday’s shooting has not yet been released, but Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced the shooter was killed by sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene. According to Morgan, his office received a report of an active shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola just before 7 a.m. Two deputies arrived to the scene not long after, when they exchanged gunfire with the shooter and ultimately killed him, he said during a press conference.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump passes along Saudi king’s ‘sympathies’ after Saudi national kills 3 at naval base,” Politico, December 6, 2019 2:57 pm

31,290. 12/6/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”

Donald Trump,, December 6, 2019 2:18 pm

31,289. 12/6/2019

FLORIDA/MASS SHOOTINGS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida….”

Donald Trump,, December 6, 2019 2:18 pm

31,267. 12/5/2019

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The story today that we are sending 12,000 troops to Saudi Arabia is false or, to put it more accurately, Fake News!”

Donald Trump,, December 5, 2019 10:27 pm

29,404. 10/11/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/IRAN/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States is sending about 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia in the latest military response by the Trump administration after it accused Iran of attacks last month on Saudi oil facilities, the Pentagon said on Friday [10-11-19]. The move came only five days after President Trump said that his desire to terminate America’s ‘endless wars’ led to his decision to pull back from the border area between Syria and Turkey about 50 troops who were working to create a ‘safe zone’ between Turkish and Kurdish troops. State Department officials struggled on Friday to answer questions about how the roles of the incoming American forces in the Persian Gulf kingdom and those being pulled back from the Syrian border differed, and whether the deployments to Saudi Arabia contradicted the president’s strategy of withdrawing from the Middle East.”

Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger, “Trump Orders Troops and Weapons to Saudi Arabia in Message of Deterrence to Iran,” The New York Times online, October 11, 2019

28,643. 9/24/2019

IRAN/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Trump delivered a sharp nationalist message and assailed ‘globalists’ in remarks to the world’s leading international body on Tuesday [9-24-19], while stopping short of urging any specific action against Iran for a major attack on Saudi oil facilities that his administration has said was Tehran’s responsibility…The United Nations was founded in 1945 to foster international cooperation and to ‘take effective collective measures’ to keep the peace after the nationalist fervor that had plunged the globe into World War II. But Mr. Trump, who spoke in an unusually flat monotone as he read from a teleprompter, stressed the value of national identity and argued that governments must defend their “history, culture and heritage’…Just as notable as his challenge to many of the world body’s principles was what Mr. Trump did not say. Before an audience that had been primed for him to build on the American argument that Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, Mr. Trump said relatively little about this month’s strikes.”

Michael Crowley and David E. Sanger, “Trump Celebrates Nationalism in U.N. Speech and Plays Down Iran Crisis,” The New York Times online, September 24, 2019

28,566. 9/20/2019

IRAN/OIL/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [9-20-19] shared details of his administration’s newest sanctions on Iran, targeting the Islamic Republic’s national bank over Tehran’s alleged involvement in a series of drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities last weekend. Trump claimed they would be the ‘highest sanctions ever imposed on a country,’ telling reporters in the Oval Office that the penalties would go ‘right to the top’ of the Iranian government…The latest sanctions layer on top of a slew of other penalties the Trump administration has imposed and reimposed as a result of Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers. The existing sanctions have already targeted Iran’s oil exports, its metal and mining industries and its ability to receive financing from international banks. Tehran has repeatedly likened the sanctions to ‘economic warfare.’”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump announces ‘highest sanctions ever’ targeting Iran’s central bank,” Politico, September 20, 2019 1:28 pm

28,558. 9/20/2019

DEFENSE/IRAN/MILITARY/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is sending a modest deployment of American troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with air and missile defense systems, in response to the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, which the administration blames on Iran. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper called the decision, which came on Friday [9-20-19] during a White House meeting with top national security officials, ‘defensive in nature.’ Defense Department officials said the Pentagon would deploy additional antimissile batteries to Saudi Arabia and might also deploy additional warplanes. The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln may extend its stay in the region as well, the officials said. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the precise number of American troops headed to the region had not been determined, but that it would be a ‘moderate deployment’ in the hundreds, not thousands.”

Helene Cooper and Michael Crowley, “Trump Focuses on Defending Saudis, Not Striking Iran, for Now,” The New York Times online, September 20, 2019

28,537. 9/19/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States said on Thursday [9-19-19] it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action with a crushing response. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Trump, who has ordered more sanctions on Iran, wants a peaceful solution to the crisis. He was speaking after talks with Saudi and Emirati leaders over the strike that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Tehran. Iran denies involvement in the Sept. 14 attack that initially halved Saudi oil output and which Pompeo earlier called an ‘act of war’ against the world’s largest oil exporter. Pompeo appeared to soften his tone on Thursday after talks with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, which is Riyadh’s main Arab ally.”

Tuqa Khalid, Aziz El Yaakoubi, “U.S. building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war,” Reuters, September 19, 2019 1:36 am

28,480. 9/17/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump offered a reserved rebuttal to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s assertion that the administration’s response to Iran shooting down an American drone earlier this summer was viewed as ‘weakness,’ with the President calling his response ‘a sign of strength.’ Trump’s tweet was an unusual rebuke of a strong congressional ally — though much gentler than some of his previous attacks on critics — and comes as sources tell CNN that no definitive US response to this past weekend’s attacks on Saudi oil fields is expected until Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returns from his trip to Saudi Arabia that begins Tuesday [9-17-19] night. Graham’s Twitter thread about the attacks on Saudi oil facilities began Tuesday with praise for Vice President Mike Pence after he briefed Senate Republicans. The attack, claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, forced state-owned Saudi Aramco to halve its production, taking more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil consumption off the global market.”

Caroline Kelly, “Trump rebuts Graham: My response to Iran ‘was a sign of strength’,” CNN Politics,, September 17, 2019 11:27 pm

28,461. 9/16/2019

MILITARY/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was ‘locked and loaded,’ a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back. But then he promised to wait for Saudi Arabia to tell him ‘under what terms we would proceed.’ His message on Twitter offered a remarkable insight into the deference Mr. Trump gives to the Saudi royal family and touched off a torrent of criticism from those who have long accused him of doing Riyadh’s bidding while sweeping Saudi violations of human rights and international norms under the rug. It was hard to imagine him allowing NATO, or a European ally, such latitude to determine how the United States should respond. But for Mr. Trump, the Saudis have always been a special case, their economic import having often overwhelmed other considerations in his mind. Whether, and how, to commit forces is one of the most critical decisions any American president can make, but Mr. Trump’s comment gave the impression that he was outsourcing the decision.”

Peter Baker and David E. Sanger, “With Oil Under Attack, Trump’s Deference to Saudis Returns,” The New York Times online, September 16, 2019

28,437. 9/16/2019

IRAN/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their ‘airspace’ when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?” 

Donald Trump,, September 16, 2019 8:15 am

28,424. 9/15/2019

OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

Donald Trump,, September 15, 2019 5:50 pm

28,422. 9/15/2019

OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Based on the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if needed, in a to-be-determined amount….”

Donald Trump,, September 15, 2019 4:55 pm

26,738. 7/19/2019

DEFENSE/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved hosting U.S. forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, the state news agency (SPA) reported on Friday [7-19-19]. The U.S. Defense Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it would deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to ‘provide an additional deterrent’ in the face of ‘emergent, credible threats.’ The gesture comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran in the Gulf that have impacted global oil markets. [O/R] On Friday, Iran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, but denied Washington’s assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby earlier this week. The decision on hosting U.S. forces aims ‘to increase joint cooperation in defence of regional security and stability and to preserve its peace’ SPA said, quoting a Ministry of Defence official, without giving further details.”

Reuters Staff, “Saudi king approves hosting U.S. troops to enhance regional security: SPA,” Reuters, July 19, 2019 3:44 pm

26,669. 7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday [7-17-19] to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending them to the White House, where President Donald Trump has promised a veto. Nearly a month after the Senate supported 22 resolutions disapproving of Trump’s plan for billions of dollars in weapons sales despite Congress’ objections, the House passed three of the 22, two on a vote of 238-190 and the third by a 237-190 margin, largely along party lines. The three resolutions would block the sale of Raytheon Co precision-guided munitions and related equipment to the two countries. The House’s Democratic leaders opted to take up those three before the others because the PGMs could be delivered quickly, aides said. Some lawmakers also suspect that the PGMs have been used against civilians in Yemen’s civil war Many members of Congress, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have been frustrated by what they see as Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia.”

Patricia Zengerle, “House rejects Saudi weapons sales; Trump to veto,” Reuters, July 17, 2019 4:12 pm

26,654. 7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House gave final passage on Wednesday [7-17-19] to a series of measures that would block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending to President Trump a fresh rebuke of his administration’s efforts to circumvent Congress to help Persian Gulf allies prosecute a disastrous war in Yemen. A scattering of Republicans and the House’s lone independent, Justin Amash of Michigan, joined Democrats in three back-to-back votes, submitting for the record their stewing anger at Mr. Trump’s resolute support of Saudi Arabia and his use of emergency powers to sidestep Congress, this time with a declaration of an emergency over Iran…It is the second time in recent months that Congress has passed bipartisan legislation condemning the administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

Catie Edmondson, “House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

25,892. 6/20/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday [6-20-19], in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran. In three back-to-back votes, Republicans joined Democrats to register their growing anger with the administration’s use of emergency power to cut lawmakers out of national security decisions, as well as the White House’s unflagging support for the Saudis despite congressional pressure to punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the killing in October of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A United Nations report released Wednesday [6-19-19] made the most authoritative case to date that responsibility for the killing and its cover-up lies at the highest levels of the Saudi royal court. No other foreign policy issue has created as large a rift between President Trump and Congress, and the vote to block the arms sales deepens the divide.”

Catie Edmondson, “Senate Votes to Block Trump’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019

25,879. 6/19/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/IRAN/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate has agreed to vote Thursday [6-20-19] on blocking President Donald Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out an agreement on the Senate floor Wednesday for senators to vote on 22 resolutions to terminate a series of weapons sales rolled out last month. Lawmakers were incensed by the administration’s announcement that it is using emergency powers to bypass Congress for $8.1 billion in weapons sales — including munitions, aircraft parts and other supplies. The sales, the administration said, are aimed at helping the countries defense themselves against Iran. Lawmakers in both parties have also sought to block arms sales over Saudi and UAE intervention in Yemen’s civil war and the Saudis’ killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But the legislation likely won’t gain enough votes to overcome Trump’s veto.”

Conner O’Brien, “Senate to vote on blocking Trump’s Saudi, UAE arms sales,” Politico, June 19, 2019 7:16 pm

25,855. 6/19/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/HUMAN RIGHTS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Trump’s choice for United Nations ambassador said Wednesday [6-19-19] that Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for rights abuses and that humans have contributed to climate change, posing ‘real risks to our planet.’ The positions expressed by the nominee, Kelly Knight Craft, currently the ambassador to Canada, suggested she differed with Mr. Trump on two signature themes of his presidency: the strong alliance with Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the causes and dangers of global warming. Ms. Craft spoke at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination, held nearly six months after her predecessor, Nikki R. Haley, departed the post. Mr. Trump’s initial choice to replace Ms. Haley, Heather Nauert, a former State Department spokeswoman, withdrew from consideration in February. The United Nations post has historically been considered the second-most important foreign policy position in a presidential administration, behind the secretary of state.”

Rick Gladstone, “Trump’s Nominee for U.N. Envoy Appears to Differ With Him on Saudis and Climate,” The New York Times online, June 19, 2019

25,754. 6/15/2019

MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @marcorubio: And yesterday’s attack on a civilian airport in #SaudiArabia by the Houthis using cruise missiles supplied by #IRGC should…”

Donald Trump,, June 15, 2019 6:24 am

25,644. 6/12/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior State Department official on Wednesday [6-12-19] defended the Trump administration’s use of an emergency declaration to push through arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, telling a hostile House committee that holding back the weapons would have offered an opening to commercial rivals in China and Russia. In a contentious hearing, lawmakers from both parties pressed R. Clarke Cooper, the assistant secretary of state in the bureau of political-military affairs, to detail when the administration first developed the plan to declare an emergency and sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Congress’s will. Lawmakers are outraged by the decision by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in late May to use a loophole in the Arms Export Control Act to push through more than $8 billion worth of weapons sales, almost all to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The two countries are leading an air war against rebels in Yemen that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster and thousands of civilian deaths, many of them children. In both chambers, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are already moving to block the sales, many of which Democrats had informally held up since last year.”

Catie Edmondson and Edward Wong, “State Department Defends Saudi Arms Sales Before Hostile House Panel,” The New York Times online, June 12, 2019

25,500. 6/7/2019

CONGRESS/ARMS-WEAPONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds. It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their own versions of American precision-guided bombs — weapons they have used in strikes on civilians since they began fighting a war in Yemen four years ago. The emergency authorization allows Raytheon Company, a top American defense firm, to team with the Saudis to build high-tech bomb parts in Saudi Arabia. That provision, which has not been previously reported, is part of a broad package of information the administration released this week to Congress. The move grants Raytheon and the Saudis sweeping permission to begin assembling the control systems, guidance electronics and circuit cards that are essential to the company’s Paveway smart bombs. The United States has closely guarded such technology for national security reasons.”

Michael LaForgia and Walt Bogdanich, “Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia,” The New York Times online, June 7, 2019

25,440. 6/5/2019

ARMS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A bipartisan group of senators will try to block the Trump administration’s use of emergency authority to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, setting up a possible showdown with the White House. The resolutions of disapproval come after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress the administration would move forward with billions of dollars in arms sales using an emergency provision in the Arms Export Control Act. The resolutions are the latest example of tension between senators and the White House over what role Congress should play in U.S. foreign policy decisions. Senators from both parties have attempted to punish Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed Khashoggi’s killing. Among the co-sponsors of the resolutions are Sens. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close ally of President Donald Trump. Menendez, in a statement, called on Pompeo to withdraw the emergency certification and have Congress review the sales.”

Marianne Levine, “Senators will try to block Trump’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia,” Politico, June 5, 2019 11:41 am