President Trump Signs Historic Deal To Enhance Saudi Arabia’s Security and Expand Economic Partnership…

The primary elements of the historic arms side of the strategic agreement today is to position Saudi Arabia to enhance its own defense capability.  Over time this will lessen the concern or need of U.S. military forces or deployment.

The United States will manufacture, sell, train and support over $110 billion in U.S. hardware to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (explained below). In return, the Saudi government has committed over $350 billion in additional bilateral trade imports and investments.

[U.S. Department of State] Today, in a significant expansion of the more than seven-decade long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the President and Secretary Tillerson attended a signing ceremony for almost $110 billion worth of defense capabilities to be conveyed via Foreign Military Sales Letters of Offer and Acceptance and a Memorandum of Intent to support Saudi Arabia’s defense needs.

This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats. Additionally, it bolsters the Kingdom’s ability to provide for its own security and continue contributing to counterterrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on U.S. military forces.

This package demonstrates the United States’ commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region, potentially supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the United States.

The intended sales fall broadly into five categories: border security and counterterrorism, maritime and coastal security, air force modernization, air and missile defense, and cybersecurity and communications upgrades. Included are offers of extensive training and support to strengthen our partnership and the Saudi armed forces.

Collectively, they present the opportunity to significantly augment the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capabilities to help deter regional threats and enhance its ability to protect its borders and contribute to coalition counterterrorism operations.

♦Border Security and Counter Terrorism: Capabilities such as aerostats, tanks, artillery, counter-mortar radars, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, and associated training that will enable Saudi Arabia to secure its borders against terrorist and other threats.

♦Maritime and Coastal Security: Capabilities that will enable Saudi Arabia to defend freedom of navigation and to deter and defend against maritime attacks or incursions. Systems include Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships, helicopters, patrol boats, and associated weapons systems.

♦Air Force Modernization: Systems, sustainment, and training that will enable Saudi Arabia to maintain airborne surveillance, secure its airspace, and provide close air support with improved precision targeting capabilities and processes. Systems include transport, light close air support, intelligence-gathering aircraft, and continuing support for its existing platforms.

♦Air and Missile Defense: Systems such as Patriot and THAAD that will help Saudi Arabia protect itself and the region from missile or other airborne attacks.

♦Cybersecurity and Communications: Equipment that will modernize Saudi Arabia’s command and control networks across its military to improve its overall cohesion and operational effectiveness. (State Dept. Link)

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88 Responses to President Trump Signs Historic Deal To Enhance Saudi Arabia’s Security and Expand Economic Partnership…

  1. Unclezeb says:

    CNN are you covering any of this? Can’t bring myself to watch them to see.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. fangdog says:

    Makes the Libtard democrats, Uni-Party, Establishment elites, Mainstream- Media and Globalists seem very small, juvenile and petty by comparison.

    Liked by 13 people

  3. Bob Thoms says:

    How is this playing in Iran? The mullahs must be pining for Obama…..

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Iran has just triggered a Mideast ARMS WAR that will IMPOVERISH ITSELF.

    They learned NOTHING from the Soviet Union confrontation of America in the 1980s.

    WINNING.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Russia aided and abetted this Iranian folly with their foolish alliance with Syria’s Assad, leaving ISIS to fester until America stepped in to arm the Kurds and buck-up the Iraqis.

      Arming the Mideast Oil-Producing Sunni Nations against the Iranian Shia will provide the funding for UNPARALLELED American R&D in Future-Generation Capabilities.

      Russia learned NOTHING from their Soviet Union forebears, either.

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      • Sentient says:

        Most of the terrorist attacks on America – incl 9/11 – have been by Sunnis. Saudi Arabia appears to have been behind 9-11, but that fact has been hidden from Americans. The 9/11 report’s hidden portions purportedly pointed a finger at KSA. If America is insistent upon siding so heavily with the Sunni, it appears to be because we want oil and gas pipelines to transverse Syria and Turkey to Europe in order to weaken Russia, which has been encroaches upon by NATO. If the Russians think we’re trying to soften them up for an eventual first strike and invasion, that wouldn’t be entirely illogical. The forces that hated Orthodox Russia and instigated Bolshevik Revolution still -after having moved to the US – hate Russia and will risk WWIII to crush it.

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        • America will NEVER forget 911.

          The Saudis have a YUGE hill to climb to overcome the Wahhabi roots of Radical Islamic Terrorism … and to remove the domestic terrorism of Sharia Law to CREATE a religion of peace. With Crown Princes helping, it just might begin. If America subscribes to the naysayer siren song of the trolls, it won’t, and millions more will die.

          Without their leadership, the Billion Muslims will continue down the path of persecution, mutilation, death and destruction.

          Russia is proving to be more of a firebomber than peacemaker, so President Trump is creating options for Sunni leadership and Israeli-Arab peace in the Mideast.

          IMO, not such a bad pursuit.

          We might sit back and enjoy the show to see who steps up and how they work toward the GOOD.

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          • trialbytruth says:

            All true BKR

            We can not nor should we attempt to destroy Islam. I for one am not relishing having that much blood on my hands. Civilization however most insist on being treated civilly defend its own culture and deny the ability of the jihadist hate to become normalized.

            Every other religion has matured and mellowed through the years as leaders came forward and lead to greater tolerance. Islam is capable as well the not to distance history of Ataturk is a prime example as is the courage of the Egyption president.

            Hate and inhumanity can travel quickly into a culture and can completely corupt it. We here need loke no further then the anti-semite pink hatted anarcharistic left to see how fast it can be brought to bare.

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            • diddle40 says:

              There is only one way for mankind to be saved, and that is to recognise that Christ is one being with the Father. Something islam denies. For that reason, they are on a path of destruction, and destroy all those within their ‘faith’ by denying this truth.

              There is nothing good about islam.

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  5. sundance says:

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  6. fleporeblog says:

    This could only happen because of our President. The clintons took billions for SA for their pockets. Barry from Hawaii did everything he could to have the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, ISIS and the rest of Allah’s goats the supreme rulers of the region.

    SA also realized that Jordan had taken in 2 million + Syrian refugees into their country. President al-Sissi drove the MB out of Egypt and the ME and destroyed all the Hamas tunnels into Israel so that they could live with less fear from Hamas. They didn’t have the money SA has. This investment is meant for their security as well

    It also sends a clear message to Iran that they can stick that Barry agreement right up their asses! Another Treepe the song and dance was
    the “Ardha,” traditional dance of peace after war. Saudis chanting: “We thank god things came that we had wished for.”

    They cherish and celebrate our President as a God like figure.

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  7. MrE says:

    And Rand Paul is screeching about 9/11 and how we should be spending our money here. So purposefully – and sickeningly – obtuse.

    Liked by 7 people

    • napoleon32 says:

      Good grief. An important summit meeting with the largest Gulf state, with major deals to bring half a trillion dollars in trade TO US companies and the American Treasury, and Congress critters have the nerve to whine about spending priorities while they’ve been too lazy to pass a budget in over a decade? They’re completely useless.

      Truly, this is critical. If he has gotten the Saudis on board with even half of what he has planned, that’s massive. S.A. has long been an incubator for the crazies, often with a nod and a wink from the authorities. Obviously wariness is called for, but if the Saudis are truly serious about combating militant ideology within the Muslim world, that is extraordinarily important long term. Believe it only when you actually see it, but we can always hope. And put the squeeze on them….

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    • Wend says:

      I like Rand Paul a lot-but….

      Dogs bark-but the caravan passes on.

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    • Sentient says:

      Yeah, how dare he remember that the princelings of Saudi Arabia funded an attack that killed 3,000 on American soil? Look, there may be tactical reasons to support this arms deal, but Rand Paul has every damned right to speak the truth. It wasn’t Iran (which held an election yesterday) that attacked us on 9-11.

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      • MrE says:

        Should we forget the role the Saudis played in 9/11? Absolutely not. But giving them the cold shoulder in our attempt to bring peace to the ME would work exactly opposite our long-term goals toward that end.

        Rand is virtue-signalling in an attempt to obfuscate the big picture. He did the same exact “holier-than-thou” schtick with the Syrian air base.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Sentient: “It wasn’t Iran (which held an election yesterday) that attacked us on 9-11.” Of course you are absolutely correct. And I will never forget 9/11 for personal reasons. Ever. And I think most of us know, whether our government has officially told us or not, that SA was behind it in some fashion. But the world has changed since then. Our foolish or dastardly former President has given all Iran needs or wants to develop a nuclear or EMP attack against us. We have to try to find a strategy for that situation.

        I have been celebrating online here today as have others. I can’t help but feel joyful at the spectacle and pagentry of today’s ceremonies because they are honoring PDJT who has had a rough go of it lately. Perhaps I have even felt a little giddy and responded with over the top enthusiasm. I am hopeful we can come to some sort of new way of dealing with the Middle East and the Saudis. Maybe it won’t work. I’m glad we are trying. And I hope that we continue to keep a close and sharp eye on the Saudis because of course we are not BFFs. Never have been, never will be. But maybe we can have an alliance that works.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      The problem with all these nut jobs are the can only see as far a the end of the nose.
      President Trump sees far beyond that. They really are small time thinkers. Still in the 20th Century. Out of touch. Out of tune. Going no where fast. Our President has left them in the dust.

      The President has made more headway with the Saudis/Arab nations than Congress.

      Ponder that.

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    • 6079 Smith W says:

      Get ready for “Muh Saudis”.

      Liked by 4 people

  8. Given the realities of the situation I suppose we have to play ball with KSA’s rulers. I’ll trust Trump but I don’t like them, their country, their values, how they treat people. Not exactly trustworthy. I wish we could just leave the Muslim world to their own dysfunctional devices, but not really possible at this point.

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    • Sentient says:

      Why?

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      • Mariposa 323 says:

        Because we have an opportunity to influence the direction in which the whole Islamic world begins to speak about Islam . SA is the neck that controls the heads of Islam . Without Saudi Royal family and Arabia on our side the battle for the soul of Islam is truly impossible .

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    • MaineCoon says:

      I get where you are coming from, but on the same point consider our country, its values, how some people are treated — started out as a Christian nation & kicked God out; values became progressive w/drugs, crime, prostitution, now all talk of pedophia; and then the issue of treating the people unborn by killing 50MM.

      For all the problems SA might have in their culture, I’d say we could go toe-to-toe.

      The world has problems. It full of evil people and evil deeds.

      I am thankful President Trump is taking the high road, seeing the good in SA people, their culture, and trying to make it a safer place for them and USA.

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  9. Pam says:

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  10. The ART of the DEAL with SAUDI ARABIA:

    Saudi Arabia engages Mideast – and likely Muslim nations worldwide – to partner with America to acquire Defense Technology, train on its use for Integrated Multi-Layered Defense, and tap Advisors for Joint Combined-Arms Military Operations, BOTH investing in American Defense-Technology Production Capacity & Jobs, AND co-funding YUGE levels of America’s next-generation DARPA R&D.

    • Saudis invest $110 Billion to buy American Defense Technology.
    • Saudis invest $380 in America.
    • America’s “Emerging” Mideast Sunni Allies with big Oil Money do the same.

    Collectively, THEY then do the heavy lifting to secure the Mideast and neuter Iranian aggression, BOTH saving American lives AND avoiding American spending for Mideast defense:

    • They create Syrian Safe Spaces to which the world’s Syrian Refugees return.
    • They terminate ISIS.
    • They terminate Hamas.
    • They terminate Hezbollah.
    • They terminate Yemeni Houthis.

    They join America and the rest of the world to suffocate Iran economically until they give up on Offensive Ballistic Missiles and surrender Nuclear Arms Materiel and Production Capacity, BOTH restricting the Iranians’ Oil & Gas production & income, AND gaining a windfall profit from better pricing due to the restricted supply:

    • Blacklisting them for financial transactions,
    • Freezing their international assets,
    • Shutting down international trade and shipping access,
    • Restricting international travel, etc.

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  11. Our Doubting Thomas strikes again.
    We’re moving into Month 5.
    One week with a full Cabinet.
    Trust in Trump.

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  12. Mr_Henry says:

    Does anyone know what the $240B worth of (assuming) non-arms trade is?

    I am not excited about selling them weapons, but if it keeps our boys out of the region, it will be worth it.

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  13. floridahoosier93 says:

    Sundance, thank you so much for posting this. Since journalists today are no more than mentally challenged propagandists we would not learn of this anywhere else. Truly. Thank you.

    This type of deal is what we knew would happen with a Donald Trump administration. Making America great again!

    Wolverines!!!

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  14. trumpinalongwiththedeplorables says:

    We should not be selling them arms.

    Liked by 1 person

    • singingsoul says:

      They get arms so they can defend themselves or do you rather have our boys fight and die for them..?

      Liked by 1 person

      • joanfoster says:

        I doubt it’s that simple, singingsoul. I have enjoy watching today’s pageantry and our President’s warm reception. That doesn’t mean I have to suddenly give up all suspicion of the Saudis and their mission to spread Islam throughout the world. I too remember 9/11. Like many on this board, we haven’t forgotten, but we are watching closely at the new chapter which Trump has opened. I am hopeful and praying that it will be a successful one.

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        • missmarple2 says:

          The 9/11 attack was funded by private individuals in Saudi Arabia, not the government.

          I think it is important to realize that just like we have George Soros and Bill Ayers, there are similar people in Saudi Arabia who run their own program despite what the government wishes.

          I think the Saudis are tired of being looked at with suspicion. I know that I give Muslims a side eye and move away because of terrorism and the realization that I DON”T KNOW which Muslims are peaceful and which are nut jobs.

          What country would want their people to be looked at with suspicion and hatred wherever they go? I think the King has realized this, which is why the former King and Sisi of Egypt agreed about the reform of Islam that Sisi spoke to that university about 2 years ago.

          If the President has used his negotiating skills and personal warmth to get the Saudis to change course, this is a very good thing.

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    • Think about it:
      Either they pay US $100 billion for the arms and invest $380 billion in America.
      Or they fund Russian Defense Industries, Jobs and R&D.
      Or no weapons and Iran takes over Saudi Arabia’s oil, wealth and control over access to all Mideast Oil … charging far higher prices to importers with no alternative.

      And more American lives lost.
      Then again, we can always count on you to volunteer to risk YOUR life instead.

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      • trialbytruth says:

        Russian was making advances to the Saudis when Obama was melting down the middle east. They would love to have their money.

        Putin just got his lipstick smeared for nothing

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  15. ray76 says:

    Oh yeah.

    I don’t care one iota about the security of Saudi Arabia.

    Trump did not campaign on arming Arabs.

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  16. Disgusted says:

    Sundance, What is your take on the possible reason/purpose for Ivanka and her husband being along, and giving them such prominent visibility? I was always thinking the son-in-law was being included by DJT because he was mentoring him, showing him how things work, but this goes a little far. What is being accomplished by their presence?

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    • trumpinalongwiththedeplorables says:

      He wants Ivanka around.

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      • singingsoul says:

        Son in law and daughter are advisors to the President just like Bannon who is there too.
        Preibus is also their and Sanders and Spicer.
        How many times did Obama’s kids go on a trip with mom and dad and grandma..?
        Pence took his daughter with him to Australia when he took his VP business trip.
        Is President Trump held to different standards…?

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        • Wend says:

          Jared knows several of the Saudi bigwigs and is also friends with Netanyahu. They are WORKING and helping with their charm and diplomacy.

          Liked by 2 people

        • joanfoster says:

          The examples you cite are totally different. Obama’s children did not have positions of advisors to the President. Bannon has an executive/policy position within the administration and is salaried. Preibus is the President’s Chief of Staff and of course he is going and Sanders and Spicer are Press Secretaries. They have legitimate, salaried paid positions. Perhaps Pence paid for his daughter’s trip – let’s hope so. The Taxpayers are getting screwed every which way to Sunday. The Kushners have no title. I am beginning to believe they are being groomed for the Presidency at our expense.

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      • Pure Troll.
        Crawl back under your Progressive Rock.

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        • trialbytruth says:

          Yep the Troll flood has begun, The purveyors of lies and nonsense cant have Trump supporters spreading the good news.

          I bet they send the best and brightest here to the CTH …. not saying much is it.

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        • joanfoster says:

          Pure ridiculous to call someone a troll for asking a reasonable question. Get off of it!

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          • Wink says:

            President Trump loves his family and enjoys having them by his side. I believe the word is …..FAMILY. I know to some people that’s a concept to difficult to grasp.

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            • joanfoster says:

              Wink, what is hard to grasp for some of us is that the taxpayers are paying for two non administration executives to tag along for the sake of FAMILY. To my knowledge neither Ivanka nor Jared have nothing more than vaguely defined duties of “advisor”. If you look at the names of those attending who actually will be negotiating the trade agreements, Jared’s name is not among them.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          Well spotted, my friend!

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I’m not Sundance, but we know that a lot of the activity going on during this visit is economic and trade related. I read that Ivanka is taking part in some sort of women’s thing, women’s business thing, sorry I didn’t pay close attention because the subject bores me. I also saw that Jared was involved in negotiating some of the trade stuff. Not real helpful, but it is all I’ve got. Also heard one of the talking heads talking about how PDJT having his family with him was a sign of respect and honor for the SA Royal Family–that it is not all politics and business. (Sort of like PDJT’s granddaughter singing for the Chinese at Mar-a-Lago….)

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    • hippielouie says:

      Jared worked on military deal

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  17. James W Crawford says:

    I am encouraged to view this deal favorably because the fraking revolution enables the US to end its addiction to ME oil.

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  18. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    The Saudis don’t have a population to man this Army that will defend the country. They have to open there boulder to migrants from like Syria. Maybe they can draw refugees from Europe.

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  19. MaskOfZero says:

    President Trump is taking care of business. Saudi Arabia is going to be buying arms from someone, so why not the USA? These huge arms deals lower the cost of production for the US military, and inextricably tie the buyer to the source of the tech.

    Sure, this has been done before by the Saudis. It is like a modern form of tribute to Rome when the new Caesar takes over. But it does create jobs–well paid highly skilled work, and it protects the military technical edge of the US.

    I get the impression the Saudis respect President Trump more than that other guy who was president before him. What’s his name? Something with bum..bummer…bumma…

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  20. Bill lee says:

    They are going to just have to deal with it for the next eight years and that should drive the Democrats crazy which is going to be funny as hell. Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

  21. jameswlee2014 says:

    Trump and Tillerson have known members of the royal family for years. Tillerson has known the Saudi Foreign Minister for decades. Those who had predicted Trump would be shown up as a buffoon are reliving election night. The Saudi Foreign Minister vowed to DRAIN THE SWAMP of terrorism. Trump is giving a Masters performance.

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  22. jameswlee2014 says:

    Notice that the Saudis are going to be paying for their own defense? Look for the other emirates to pony up, too.

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  23. Joe S says:

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  24. littlebird160 says:

    Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than you do it perfectly. It is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them.
    T. E. Lawrence

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  25. littlebird160 says:

    All men dream, but nor equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible. This I did.

    T. E. Lawrence

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