The Trump administration has had it with some Saudi Arabian servicemen who were getting training on American technology in Florida and will expel over a dozen.
The Trump administration conducted a review of the program after a deadly shooting by a Saudi national.
In the least surprising news of the day, the Trump admin found child pornography on some of the remaining Saudi’s here which a factor in their expulsion was.
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From CNN: More than a dozen Saudi servicemen training at US military installations will be expelled from the United States after a review that followed the deadly shooting last month at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, multiple sources told CNN.
The Saudis are not accused of aiding the 21-year-old Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors in the December shooting, two sources said, but some are said to have connections to extremist movements, according to a person familiar with the situation.
A number are also accused of possessing child pornography, according to a defense official and the person familiar with the situation. The FBI and Justice Department declined to comment.
“In the wake of the Pensacola tragedy, the Department of Defense restricted to classroom training programs foreign military students from Saudi Arabia while we conducted a review and enhancement of our foreign student vetting procedures,” said Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a spokesman for the Department of Defense.
“That training pause is still in place while we implement new screening and security measures.”
The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said some of the dozen Saudis failed to alert authorities about the Pensacola shooter’s warning signs, including that he allegedly showed videos of other mass shootings at cadet dinner parties.
Federal authorities linked some of the Saudi trainees to extremist rhetoric online, the official said.
It is not clear when exactly the students will be kicked out of the country, but federal officials are planning to announce the decision in the coming days.
In December, a Saudi aviation student opened fire in a classroom of the naval base, leaving three young sailors dead and wounding eight others.