US President Donald Trump mentioned Tuesday he would have “no problem” promoting superior F-35 warplanes to the United Arab Emirates, regardless of objections from shut ally Israel.
“I personally would have no problem with it,” he mentioned on Fox News. “I would have no problem in selling them the F-35.”
Trump, who will oversee the signing of a deal normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE later Tuesday, mentioned the sale would imply “tremendous jobs at home.”
The UAE is eying the stealth fighter jet as a part in its bold plans to make the small, rich nation right into a regional army energy. Israel — at present the one nation within the area to own the US warplanes — has pushed again, insisting on retaining its overwhelming technical benefit towards its Arab neighbors.
Analysts say that the UAE has used its demand for F-35s as a bargaining chip in agreeing to enroll to the Trump-brokered peace accords being signed on the White House that additionally embody Bahrain.
Trump “understands Israel’s security probably more than any American president in decades,” the president’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner mentioned final week.
“But the United Arab Emirates is a great military, you know, partner of America. We work together on a lot of things. They’re right on the border with Iran and have real threats. And I think that there’s a lot of opportunity to be gained by working on this,” he mentioned.
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