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CNN: Trump Admin Withheld Intelligence on China-Backed Saudi Missile Program

HeadlineJun 06, 2019

CNN reports the Trump administration has learned that Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile program with the help of China, threatening to spark a new arms race in the Middle East. Democratic lawmakers were reportedly furious that the White House failed to disclose news of the Saudi missile program, saying the intelligence had been deliberately withheld during briefings where it should have been revealed to members of Congress. This comes as a bipartisan group of senators said Wednesday they’ll introduce a bill that would require the White House get congressional approval before approving $8 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In April, President Trump vetoed a congressional War Powers Resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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