Remember when Trump went to Saudi Arabia and then bragged about sewing up a “$110 billion arms deal”?
I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.
This is no different than the salesman strolling into a business, schmoozing with the receptionist, helping himself to a Snickers Fun-Size out of the candy dish, dropping a bunch of sales brochures on the desk, and then going back to the office to tell his boss it’s a done deal; we’ll wrap it up real soon.
It’s all bullshit.