Today, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he has “no problem” in selling the advanced F-35 fighter jet to the United Arab Emirates, provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised objections to this decision.
Trump told the media, “I would have no problem with it. I would have no problem selling them the F-35” while he was about to attend a signing ceremony at the White House for agreements normalizing relations between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain.
Trump added that he is willing to sell other Middle Eastern countries the same weapons systems sold to Israel. He stated that it is good for the United States and American jobs. He said, “They’re very wealthy countries for the most part.”
Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told media, Trump is in favor, but there is no guarantee that this would happen. The F-35 sale, a longtime request from Abu Dhabi, is not mentioned in the UAE-Israel deal.