Medea Benjamin: Congress Should Halt Trump’s $110B Arms Deal over Saudi Atrocities in Yemen & Region | Democracy Now! - Curating Videos
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Trump just made a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis. Get the details. Understand the context. Peace Activist and author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection, Medea Benjamin, talks to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to fill us in…

“In his first foreign trip abroad as president, Donald Trump traveled this weekend to Saudi Arabia, where he signed a series of arms deals totaling $110 billion. This comes in addition to more than $115 billion offered in arms deals to Saudi Arabia by President Obama during his time in office. The deal also includes precision-guided munitions, which the Obama administration had stopped selling Saudi Arabia out of fear they would be used to bomb civilians amid the ongoing Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen. Since 2015, 10,000 people have been killed in the ongoing fighting, which has also decimated the country’s health, water, sewage and sanitation systems. Over 10,000 civilians have died since the Saudi invasion began in 2015. The arms deal includes tanks, artillery, ships, helicopters, a missile defense system and cybersecurity technology. We speak to Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of the book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. ~ Democracy Now!

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


    • Medea Benjamin wrote her book before Trump entered office. Although he is especially repulsive, other US Presidents have done the same, particularly Obama. Medea knows Congress will halt no arms deal — without a ton of pressure from the people. We need to revive the Anti-War Movement.

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