Conservative Lawmaker Accuses Trump of 'Selling' U.S. Troops to Saudi Arabia for Cash

Remarks come after Trump tells Fox News's Laura Ingraham that Riyadh has already given the U.S. $1 billion for sending troops to the Middle East

Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, December 18, 2019.
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Conservative Rep. Justin Amash on Saturday, accused U.S. President Donald Trump of "selling" American troops to Saudi Arabia. 

During an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham the day before, Trump said he had asked Riyadh for compensation after sending American troops to the Middle East. 

“We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia. I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank,” Trump said. 

The Michigan representative, who recently became an independent after being a member of the Republican Party, tweeted in response "He sells troops."

Amash has been a vocal critic of Trump since he received the Republican presidentail nominee in 2016. Amash was also the first GOP representative to call for the impeachment of Trump. 

 "We are going to help them but these rich countries have to pay for it," Trump went on to tell Ingraham. 

“We are going to help them, but these rich countries have to pay for it. South Korea gave us $500 million… I said, ‘You gotta help us along. We have 32,000 soldiers in South Korea protecting you from North Korea. You’ve gotta pay,'” the president added.