Reports out today in Washington say that President Obama has approved a new arms sales package for Taiwan but that it does not include the 66 F-16 fighter jets the island nation wants to buy from Lockheed Martin.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has pushed the administration to make a decision and to sell new F-16s to Taiwan, issued the following statemnt:
“If the reports are true, today’s capitulation to Communist China by the Obama Administration marks a sad day in American foreign policy, and it represents a slap in the face to a strong ally and long time friend.
“This sale would have been a win-win, bolstering the national security of two democratic nations and supporting jobs for an American workforce that desperately needs them.”
Lockheed would have built the F-16s in its Fort Worth plant, where about 2,000 workers are directly employed in production.
Sens. Cornyn and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. on Monday introduced legislation to require the Obama Administration to sell F-16s to Taiwan.
Cornyn said several recent letters to the President have demonstrated overwhelming bipartisan congressional support for the sale and that a recent study done by a private consulting firm estimated that the sale of 66 F-16s to Taiwan would generate approximately $8.7 billion in economic output and nearly 88,000 ‘person-years’ of employment across the U.S.