Defense

Senators push to stop Trump administration’s proposed arms sale to UAE

“As I tried to warn the Trump administration, circumventing deliberative processes for considering a massive infusion of weapons to a country in a volatile region with multiple ongoing conflicts is downright irresponsible,” Menendez said in a statement. The senators charge that the Trump administration circumvented the standard protocol for arms sales to foreign nations, which […]

Congress

Republicans seek to stymie Biden with final Trump nominees

With coronavirus relief negotiations at an impasse, the to-do list for the lame duck session will in all likelihood be limited to funding the government, passing an annual defense bill and confirming nominees. Senate Republicans also have the majority on their mind, with twin run-off races in Georgia that will determine control of the chamber. […]

Defense

New Pentagon chief racing to make changes before Trump’s exit

The move, which Esper had resisted, put Miller at odds with Trump allies on Capitol Hill who worry that a hasty withdrawal based on a political calendar — Trump will leave office six days after the Jan. 15 drawdown deadline — could destabilize security conditions in Afghanistan. But Biden is unlikely to reverse the drawdown. […]

Congress

‘Confusion and chaos’: Republicans denounce Trump’s latest purge

Capito said she was “disappointed” and flummoxed by Trump’s personnel decisions: “I can’t explain it.” Others were more blunt. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called Trump’s move a “terrible mistake,” adding that Krebs is “an extraordinary talent who does a superb job overseeing the protection of our cyber capabilities.” The firing also set off renewed concerns […]