Ilhan Omar, the Muslim congresswoman Saudi Arabia tried to smear, secures place on powerful House committee that could stop the US from selling arms to the kingdom

Alexandra Ma

 

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was chosen to sit on the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. Reuters

Ilhan Omar, a first-year member of Congress, was chosen to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week.
The committee oversees bills and investigations related to US foreign affairs, and has the power to boost or cut US exports of arms and technology to other states.

Omar on Thursday said she wanted to “reign in arms sales to human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia.”
President Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to do so, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize Saudi money coming into the US.

Saudi-owned media has long attempted to tarnish Omar’s image with news articles accusing her of being a secret Muslim Brotherhood member or part of an Islamist faction to control Congress in the past.

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the Muslim congresswoman whom Saudi media tried to smear, has been chosen to sit on a powerful House committee that has a huge say over US foreign policy.

Omar confirmed her appointment to the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a press statement on Thursday, adding: “We need to reign in arms sales to human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia.”

The committee oversees bills and investigations related to US foreign affairs, such as foreign aid and exports to other countries.

It also has to power to boost or reign in US exports of military equipment and technology to other countries, such as Saudi Arabia.

more:

https://www.businessinsider.com/ilhan-omar-house-foreign-affairs-committee-could-cut-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-2019-1?r=US&IR=T

 

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