September 16, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Recent Attack in Saudi Arabia and Rising Tensions in Yemen


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after a drone attack struck Saudi oil installations over the weekend:

Escalating volatility in the Middle East after the weekend attack on Saudi’s oil installations is extremely troubling. With his ‘locked and loaded’ language, Donald Trump seems to want to be viewed like some sort of John Wayne character, but in the same tweet proudly broadcasts that he’s awaiting further instructions from Saudi Arabia, a kingdom that openly murders journalists. In times like these, our leaders should be acting in America’s best interests, not kowtowing to monarchs and dictators, as we work to coordinate a response to this attack that promotes stability in a region that desperately needs it.