Rand Paul: 'We need to re-examine' US-Saudi relationship after Florida shooting

Rand Paul: 'We need to re-examine' US-Saudi relationship after Florida shooting
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' MORE (R-Ky.) has called for the U.S. to "re-examine" its relationship with Saudi Arabia after a Saudi national who was in the U.S. for aviation training allegedly carried out a fatal shooting at a Florida military base. 

"We should immediately suspend training Saudi military units until we have all the answers on this horrific attack," Paul tweeted. "We need to re-examine our relationship with the kingdom."

Four people including a gunman were killed during a shooting at a naval air base in Pensacola, Fla., last week. The FBI has identified the shooter as Saudi Royal Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani. 

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Following the incident, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.) called for a review of the vetting process of foreign military personnel who enter the U.S. for training. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE, meanwhile, has been notably close with Saudi Arabia.

After the shooting, Trump said he spoke with Saudi King Salman and tweeted that the leader expressed condolences

Paul has previously criticized Trump for his closeness with the kingdom, including after the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. 

He called Trump's statement on the matter "Saudi Arabia First, not America First."

He also voted with Democrats and a handful of other Republicans to block Trump's Saudi arms deal earlier this year.