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McCollum Statement on Deployment of U.S. Troops to Saudi Arabia

September 23, 2019
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after the Trump administration announced a “modest” deployment of U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia following attacks on Saudi oil sites:  

“I am deeply opposed to President Trump’s decision to send U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia. This president has failed to present the American people with a full strategy for how he plans to reduce tensions and work towards peace in the Middle East. Deploying the U.S. Armed Forces to protect the Saudi Royal Family is but another alarming escalation by the Trump administration. To be clear, there is no authorization from Congress for any U.S. military action against Iran. Yet instead of holding Saudi Arabia accountable for their disastrous war in Yemen or their murder of a Washington Post journalist, President Trump continues to outsource U.S. foreign policy to Saudi Arabia. This is a shameful dereliction of duty by the president. We must not let President Trump and the Saudi Royal Family pull us into a war over oil with Iran.”