Oh Look – the White House Is Trying to Sneak Nuclear Tech to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is known for perpetuating human rights abuses, so why is the White House trying to sneak nuclear technology to the country? That’s a question the Trump administration better be prepared to answer because news of these secret dealings look not only to be shady, but in violation of the law.

Several whistleblowers from inside the Trump administration expressed their concerns to the House Oversight and Reform Committee that senior officials were moving forward with a plan to hand off nuclear technology to build power plants.

That’s highly problematic because without proper oversight and security, it’d be easy for Saudi Arabia to use the tech and information to develop their own nuclear weapons.

“[The whistleblowers] warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisers at the White House who repeatedly and unsuccessfully ordered senior Trump administration officials to halt their efforts,” reads the House committee’s report. “They have also warned of conflicts of interest among top White House advisers that could implicate federal criminal statutes.”

These as-yet anonymous whistleblowers were justified in sounding the alarm because the Trump admin needs congressional consent to hand over nuclear capabilities, as established in the Atomic Energy Act.

Given that offering nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia would almost certainly face bipartisan opposition from federal lawmakers, that’s probably why the White House tried to pull it off on the down low. You may recall that the U.S. Senate voted to formally condemn Saudi Arabia for the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen.

That was after President Donald Trump came to the defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the face of all evidence to the contrary. He also deliberately excluded the country from his infamous Muslim travel ban in the name of preventing terrorism despite that Saudi Arabia was the home of the majority of the 9/11 perpetrators. Why? Well, it probably has something to do with his financial ties to the country.

Notably, this whole plan to pass over nuclear technology was set into motion by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, who resigned within weeks due to his prolific contact with sanctioned Russians. (He later pled guilty to lying the FBI.) Uncoincidentally, during the presidential campaign, Flynn worked for a private company that wanted to construct nuclear facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Internal ethics watchdogs warned that Flynn should not be advocating for this move given his own ties, but the plan was kept in motion even after Flynn’s departure with help from Thomas Barrack, the chair of Trump’s (seemingly corrupt) inauguration.

Trump may think he has a friend in bin Salman, but most of the world absolutely does not. The Saudi monarchy has demonstrated violent lawlessness and handing over the tools to help it develop nuclear weapons is irresponsible and wildly dangerous. Hopefully by knowing about this plan, Congress will be able to put the kibosh on it before real damage is done.

68 comments

Chad Anderson
Chad A4 days ago

Thank you.

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Janis K
Janis K9 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Leo C
Leo C15 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Karen H
Karen H22 days ago

Heather G, you notice where Trump has properties. This is why his Muslim ban doesn't include Saudi Arabia. And it's why he's kissing Saudi asses.

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heather g
heather g24 days ago

The majority of terrorists implicated in the 9/11 attack were Saudis - Govt needs their heads read.

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Julie D
Julie D25 days ago

We should not be selling arms of any kind to Saudi Arabia or any other place really. But especially not to the Saudi's. You cannot be the agent of peace and also be the largest dealer of arms. In Trump's case he is just a traitor to our country in all regards, especially when it comes to Russia and the Saudi's. Apparently they both own him. Trump is a clear and present danger not only to us but also to the rest of the world. He needs to be removed immediately by whatever means are necessary. I read that Mr. Mueller may be ready to give his report as soon as next week.

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Brian F
Brian F25 days ago

Eugene J We also don't need Israel as an ally as well as Saudi Arabia. Israel gets $10 million a day from the USA so it can illegally occupy half the West Bank, illegally blockade Gaza, and kill innocent Palestinians with sniper fire.

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Eugene J
Gene J25 days ago

@Robert G We are not the world's police force. But we also are signatories to a nuclear non-proliferation treaty. We have separation of powers, this is NOT a decision the executive branch may make on its own and that's not disrespectful, that is our constitutional system at work. Saudi Arabia is a murderous supporter of terrorist organizations the world over, it has no interest that is not centered around the murder of every Jew on the planet. Needed ally? Everyone needs allies that assassinate journalists, terrorize and enslave women and operate as did Hitler with no regard for any consequence but their own self interest. We need a world working together, the "winning" means there must be losers and that means dead, get over it. This is a new world, a global world and we're part of it, not ALL of it.

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Eugene J
Gene J25 days ago

Anyone wondering why Jared kept making all those trips to Saudi Arabia now knows why. The last thing the world needs is another nation with nuclear capability and that monstrous country would be every bit as irresponsible as North Korea or Iran. This will never happen but it is a clear example of what does happen when one elects an incompetent, inexperienced fool to the office of President.

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Frances G
Frances G25 days ago

thanks for sharing

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