A bipartisan group of nearly two dozen lawmakers is calling for the Trump administration to allow sales of armed unmanned systems to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
The lawmakers appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to depart from the Obama administration’s opposition to sending the MQ-9 Reaper to those Middle Eastern nations. The Trump administration has already signaled he is more flexible on arms exports by supporting a still-pending sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights caveats imposed by the Obama administration.
The letter, spearheaded by Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose San Diego, California, district is home to MQ-9 manufacturer General Atomics, argues the sales could pump $1 billion into the U.S. economy and that “it would preserve thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs.” […]