Friday, November 10, 2017

Trump is weapons 'salesman-in-chief'

For US defense contractors, Donald Trump is looking like a salesman-in-chief right about now. In the space of two days, Trump has urged the leaders of Japan and South Korea, as well as the US Congress, to spend heavily on the expensive systems offered by the likes of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing ... all in the name of defending against North Korea. “It’s a lot of jobs for us and a lot of safety for Japan.” In Japan, the first stop in a trip through Asia, Trump sold Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Trump mentioned F-35 fighter jets, missiles, and missile-defense systems.

Also yesterday, Trump asked US lawmakers for an additional $4 billion to spend on missile defense to counter the North Korea threat.
Today, Trump traveled to South Korea. In a press conference, he said that South Korea had agreed to order “billions of dollars” of military equipment, and drew the connection again to jobs for Americans.

“We make the greatest military equipment in the world,” he said in Japan. “There’s nothing close.”