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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Tuesday criticized the Trump administration for allegedly approving two transfers of nuclear power information to Saudi Arabia after the October murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committee and Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, criticized the Energy Department for its slow response to his requests for information about the timing of the transfers.
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“It has taken the Trump Administration more than two months to answer a simple question: When did you approve transfers of nuclear expertise from American companies to Saudi Arabia? And the answer is shocking,” Kaine said.
The two transfers he objected most strongly to occurred in October 2018 and February 2019. The first date fell 16 days after the Khashoggi killing.
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“I have serious questions about whether any decisions on nuclear transfers were made based on the Trump family’s financial ties rather than the interests of the American people,” Kaine said.
Kaine was broadly critical of the Trump administration’s entire approach to Saudi Arabia, which he blamed for escalating tensions in the Middle East:
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The alarming realization that the Trump Administration signed off on sharing our nuclear know-how with the Saudi regime after it brutally murdered an American resident adds to a disturbing pattern of behavior that includes citing a bogus emergency to bypass a Congressional block on arms sales to the Saudis, continuing support for the disastrous war in Yemen over Congressional objections, turning a blind eye to the regime’s detention of women’s rights activists, and refusing to comply with the Global Magnitsky Act to reach a determination about the Saudi government’s responsibility for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
President Trump’s eagerness to give the Saudis anything they want, over bipartisan Congressional objection, harms American national security interests and...
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