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Trump wants more countries buying American weapons

By Mark Moore January 8, 2018


The Trump administration is developing a “Buy American” plan that would direct United States military attaches and diplomats to promote American weapons — including fighter jets, drones and warships — to drum up billions of dollars in sales overseas, a report said Monday.


President Trump is expected to announce as soon as February a “whole of government” push to ease export rules on US arms purchases by foreign countries, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the plan.


The initiative seeks to fulfill Trump’s 2016 campaign pledge to create more US jobs by selling goods and services abroad and reduce the US trade deficit from a six-year high of $50 billion, the report said.


US defense contractors are also pressuring the administration because they are seeing growing competition in the global arms market from China and Russia, the report said.


But the idea of loosening the restrictions has alarmed arms control and human rights advocates who fear the influx of weapons could fuel violence in places like the Middle East and result in weapons being diverted to terror groups.


“This administration has demonstrated from the very beginning that human rights have taken a back seat to economic concerns,” Rachel Stohl, director of the conventional defense program at the Stimson Center in Washington, told Reuters. “And the short-sightedness of a new arms export policy could have serious long-term implications.”


The combination of promoting American weapons manufacturers like Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co. while easing restrictions on exports and allowing more favorable treatment of sales to non-NATO allies could create more jobs and add billions of dollars to the country’s coffers, a senior official told the news agency.


“We want to see those guys, the commercial and military attaches, unfettered to be salesmen for this stuff, to be promoters,” the senior administration official said.


The White House declined comment on the report.


A State Department officials said the new approach would give “our partners a greater capacity to help share the burden of international security, benefits the defense industrial base and will provide more good jobs for American workers.”


The Trump White House has already been involved in increasing sales of American weapons to foreign countries.


The State Department in June OK’d the sale of $1.4 billion in military equipment and training to Saudi Arabia before Trump’s visit to the kingdom in May.


It also unblocked the sale of $3 billion in weapons to Bahrain, which was frozen by the Obama administration over human rights concerns.


The proposal must be approved by a group of senior cabinet members before being sent to Trump’s desk, Reuters reported.


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