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 PaulFauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Fox host claims Fauci lied to Congress, calls for prosecution 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. 


Following the incident, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz, under investigative cloud, questions FBI director House Judiciary releases McGahn testimony on Trump Newsmax says network turned Gaetz down for a job MORE (R-Fla.) called for a review of the vetting process of foreign military personnel who enter the U.S. for training. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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.