More United States weapons exports

This April 2018 video says about itself:

America’s #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules

A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery.

Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors.

In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country’s second-largest defense contractor.

The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a “whole of government” approach—from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats—to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday.

We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The USA, the largest weapon exporter in the world, sold 13% more weapons last year. Especially the sales through the Pentagon to other governments rose sharply.

The growth is the result of President Trump‘s policy to sell arms more actively and to relax the rules for delivery. In the past financial year, which ended on September 30, more than $ 192 billion worth of American weaponry was sold. The sales figures are expected to grow further.

Most of the weapons went to Asia, NATO partners in Europe and the Gulf region. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain bought a lot of military equipment in the past year.

Governments can purchase military equipment via the Pentagon, the other possibility is that they directly conclude contracts with arms suppliers, such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics or Northrop Grumman.

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