Florida Republican says Pensacola shooting 'has to inform on our ongoing relationship with Saudi Arabia'

Florida Republican says Pensacola shooting 'has to inform on our ongoing relationship with Saudi Arabia'
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from GOP convention night 1 MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that the deadly naval base shooting in Pensacola, Fla. “has to inform on our ongoing relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

Gaetz said on ABC’s “This Week” that he told the Saudi ambassador that the Friday night shooting, which was allegedly carried out by a Saudi military officer, would affect the U.S. relationship with Riyadh. 

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“Of course, what happened in Pensacola has to inform on our ongoing relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said. “That is the message I directly delivered to the Saudi ambassador when she called to offer her condolences.”

Gaetz added that the U.S. does not want any “interference” from Saudi Arabia during the investigation.

“[I]f there are Saudis that we do not have that may have been involved in any way in the planning, inspiration, financing or execution of this ... we expect Saudi agents to work with our government to find the people accountable and hold them responsible,” he told ABC.

 

The FBI identified the shooter in the attack, in which three people were killed, as a Saudi Royal Air Force second lieutenant on Saturday. 

Gaetz has called the attack “unequivocally an act of terror,” The New York Times reported, but Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperTop admiral: 'No condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' Overnight Defense: Trump hosts Israel, UAE, Bahrain for historic signing l Air Force reveals it secretly built and flew new fighter jet l Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Oldest living US World War II veteran turns 111 MORE said earlier Saturday that he is not considering the shooting as terrorism “at this time.”