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With President Trump invoking an obscure emergency provision in the Arms Export Control Act to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over congressional objections, this factsheet illustrates how the President is circumventing traditional processes for government arms sales. 

With President Trump invoking an obscure emergency provision in the Arms Export Control Act to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over congressional objections, this factsheet illustrates how the President is circumventing traditional processes for commercial arms sales. 

 

Since 9/11, Pakistan has been one of the largest recipients of U.S. security aid. The strategic border it shares with Afghanistan as well as its own vulnerability to substate armed groups initially suggested that Pakistan would make an ideal regional partner for counterterrorism operations. But after billions of dollars in U.S. security assistance provided to Pakistan through State and Defense Department programming, the return on investment has been disappointing at best. 

Notifications to Congress for U.S. commercial firearms exports reached $746 million in 2018.

The Trump Administration has proposed over $11 billion in major U.S. arms sales to countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the first three quarters of 2018.

Total U.S. Arms Sales Notifications for Saudi Arabia in 2017 & 2018

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