During his recent trip to Vietnam, Donald Trump reportedly pleaded with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to buy more weapons from the U.S., according to Bloomberg.
The report states that Trump reminded the prime minister that he’d been U.S. President for ten months and inquired why Phuc had not already purchased more arms.
Bloomberg also reports that Trump was pretty candid with his team when explaining his motivations behind his desperate pursuit of an arms deal with the Vietnamese.
“He needed quick wins, he told his team in the room, because he’d be running for re-election before anyone realized. And weapons sales, in Trump’s view, are good for his approval ratings.”
And, Bloomberg also noted that Vietnam is not the only country with whom Trump’s recently tried to make shady arms deals. The trend dates back to his Middle East trip in May which “began with $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia.”
“Trump rarely set down in a country without pointing out that buying a few F-18s would go a long way toward winning his heart,” Bloomberg reported. “He told the story repeatedly of how a U.S.-sold missile-defense system had knocked down a rocket targeting an airport in Saudi Arabia.”
During his trip to Saudi Arabia, Trump even curtsied (bowed) before Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, much to the widespread public embarrassment of millions of Americans.
It looks like Trump’s association with the National Rifle Association is rubbing off in more ways than one onto his policies. While Republicans widely criticized president Barrack Obama for his administration’s role in Operation Fast and Furious (a program which started as President George W. Bush’s policy), they’ve been notably less vocal about Trump’s arms dealing inclinations.
Trump is scheduled to return to Washington D.C. this week from the Philippines, which will conclude his final stop on his 11-day trip to Asia, undoubtedly leaving behind several bewildered, worried, and confused world leaders in his wake.
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