President Donald Trump tried to convince Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to buy more weapons from the United States during his trip to Asia this week, according to a Bloomberg report.
Trump reportedly reminded his counterpart in a private meeting that he had been president for 10 months, and asked what Phuc was waiting for to buy arms.
What’s more, the Bloomberg report had a pretty astonishing detail concerning Trump’s motivations for pursuing the deal:
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.
That’s fantastic news for anyone who has already begun to miss the days of the 2016 election.
And, as Bloomberg pointed out, Trump’s focus on arms sales is something of a trend: his first foreign trip, to the Middle East in May, “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.”
Trump returns to Washington D.C. today from the Philippines, which was the final stop on his 11-day odyssey to Asia.
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