The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Monday he expects the Trump White House to approve F-16 fighter jet sales to Bahrain that were blocked by the Obama administration over human rights concerns.
The Obama administration reportedly told lawmakers it would not complete the sale until the Gulf kingdom, which hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, reverses moves to suppress its country’s nonviolent opposition. Lockheed Martin has said the sale, reportedly for 19 F-16s worth $2.8 billion, is vital to the survival of its production line.
“I’m hoping the Bahrain deal is going to roll out without the restrictions,” Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said. “I think it could happen soon.” […]