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 PaulTwo Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 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) GaetzCongressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created? 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 TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 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.