House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took an acerbic tone in a statement meant to contradict President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia to safeguard the world’s vulnerable oil supplies.
“President Trump’s plan to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and UAE, and to deploy additional U.S. forces to the region is the latest outrageous attempt by the Trump Administration to circumvent the bipartisan, bicameral will of Congress,” she complained in a statement Saturday.
She added that the president’s decision is “unacceptable” because it violates a “bipartisan Resolutions of Disapproval to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE and to condemn the Saudis for their continued assault on countless men, women and children” that was passed earlier in the summer.
“Americans are weary of war, and have no interest in entering another Middle East conflict, particularly on behalf of Saudi Arabia,” she continued. “They will not stand by while the President undermines our security and jeopardizes the lives of our brave service members.”
She concluded by bemoaning Saudi Arabia’s “continued” human rights violations.
.@realDonaldTrump’s plan to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to Saudi Arabia & UAE, and to deploy additional U.S. forces to the region is the latest outrageous attempt by the Trump Admin to circumvent the bipartisan will of Congress. https://t.co/y2EigQgIGk
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 21, 2019
She issued the statement a day after Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper announced that the U.S. would be deploying American troops and some air/missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia in response to the drone strikes a week earlier that had destroyed five percent of the world’s daily oil production.
“This week, I have been in dialogue with the Saudi defense minister and other partners about this latest attack,” Esper said during a briefing Friday. “To prevent further escalation, Saudi Arabia requested international support to help protect the kingdom’s critical infrastructure. The United Arab Emirates has also requested assistance.”
“In response to the kingdom’s request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense. We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves.”
He added that the purpose of the deployment would be to signal the United States’ support for its allies, to “ensure the free flow of resources necessary to support the global economy” and to “demonstrate our commitment to upholding the international rules-based order.”
After the drone strikes on Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries earlier this month, oil prices throughout the world skyrocketed — albeit only temporarily — because of the damage incurred.
“Attacks on two critical production facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend have boosted concerns about supply security in the Middle East and raised the risk premium in the global crude market, according to several energy market analysts,” CNBC confirmed after the attacks.
It’s believed the strikes were carried out by Iranian operatives, though this has yet to be proved definitely. What’s known is that even left-wing-cited experts have warned that not taking action — which is what it appears Democrats prefer — would be especially problematic.
“Mr. Trump has been hesitant to take military action that might risk an expanded conflagration. For better or worse, such a muted response could signal another turning point for the region,” The New York Times reported last Thursday, citing the concerns of Gregory Gause, a Middle East scholar at Texas A&M University
“This is the most serious challenge since the invasion of Kuwait to the status of the United States as a great power that would protect the free flow of energy from the region, and unless there is a big change in the response from the Trump administration, I think Gulf leaders will start to question the value of that security commitment,” he said to the paper.
During Friday’s briefing, Esper noted that the deployment of troops and equipment to Saudia Arabia is only “the first step we’re taking with regard to responding to these attacks.”
While he didn’t specify what the second step might be, the president has spoken of being “locked and loaded” and strongly suggested he’s mulling an attack on Iran.
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
But Pelosi’s tweet wasn’t praised and celebrated by her base. Instead of saluting her for standing up to the president, the Democrat Party’s increasingly radicalized base slammed her relentlessly for “tweeting instead of” doing something like pushing for impeachment.
Look (*Language warning):
This tweet is honestly making me so grumpy I could just spit!!!
Goddamnit Nancy. WTH are you doing tweeting instead of using your power to hold him accountable?!?
— Here I am (@squeakyflipflop) September 21, 2019
WELL???????? F****n DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!!! THE PEOPLE IF THIS COUNTRY DO NOT APPROVE A WAR WITH IRAN OR SALES OF WEAPONS TO SA.
— HippieChick (@kathy_markovich) September 21, 2019
But it’s ok with you…you don’t care how much Trump craps on the Constitution…you will just put out another bill that McConnell will throw in a circular file and Trump will laugh and know he can get away with anything he wants.
WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU, @SpeakerPelosi
— Ann (@alf27900) September 22, 2019
Madam Speaker, you know I’ve always adored you & been on your side. But even I have my limits & I’m frustrated by your lack of support for impeachment when we already have a majority of @HouseDemocrats calling for it. We’re in serious danger, please call for #ImpeachmentNow
— Tara Dublin Is Ready For Her Big Break (@taradublinrocks) September 21, 2019
— RUTHLESS_Sinz (@RUTHLEzz_Sinz) September 21, 2019
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