By Danny C. | DCPeriodical | 01/12/20 |
Appearing on Fox News yesterday, President Donald Trump once again unabashedly bragged about taking money from foreign governments in exchange for the use — and possible death — of US troops overseas.
Laura Ingraham’s exclusive interview with President Trump aired on ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ and during the broadcast the president bragged that the US had received $1 billion from the Saudi government and $500 million from South Korea for the loaning out of American soldiers to fight their battles:
“We’re sending more to Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s paying us for it. You know, we’re doing something that nobody’s ever done. I said to Saudi Arabia — we have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia — I said, ‘listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m gonna send ’em to you. But you’ve gotta pay us.‘ They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank. We are gonna help them, but these rich countries’ll have to pay for it.
“South Korea gave us $500 million. They gave us five-hundred-million-dollars. I said, ‘you gotta help us along. We have 32,000 soldiers in South Korea protecting you from North Korea. You’ve gotta pay.’ And they gave us five-hundred-million-dollars.“
One conservative Congressman voiced his disgust following the broadcast. Once a Republican, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash left the party last July over his contempt for the way Trump was handling his presidency. Today he took to Twitter to point out the obvious and well known:
This isn’t the first time Amash has criticized the president for pimping out the lives of American soldiers. In October he openly criticized Trump for doing, well, for doing the complete opposite of what he promised America during his 2016 campaign — to bring the troops home:
“There are people who support the president, who believe things he says, but it’s pretty clear he’s not bringing home the troops. He’s just moving them to other parts of the Middle East,” Amash, I-Mich., said.
“He’s moving troops back into Iraq, he’s moving other troops into Saudi Arabia and using our forces almost as mercenaries, paid mercenaries who are going to come in, as long as Saudi Arabia pays us some money, it’s good to go,” he added.–CBS News.
Amash isn’t the only lawmaker to denounce Trump for being a troop-trafficker. A month before his October condemnation of the president’s behavior, Tulsi Gabbard took to Twitter and smashed Trump for tweeting out that he was ready to take “orders” from Saudi Arabia as to when and where he should send the military to punish the culprits who bombed a Saudi oil field.
“Yesterday,” Gabbard said in a video attached to her September tweet, “President Trump offered to place our military, my brothers and sisters in uniform, under the command of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the dictator of the Islamist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Trump said, ‘we are locked and loaded, but are waiting to hear from the kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed.'”
“For you to think that you can pimp out our proud servicemen and women to the Prince of Saudi Arabia is disgraceful, and it once again shows that you are unfit to serve as our Commander in Chief.
“President Trump your words and your actions are a betrayal of my brothers and sisters in uniform, the American people, and our Constitution. My fellow service members and I, we are not your prostitutes. You are not our pimp.”-Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2).
It wasn’t just lawmakers who lambasted Trump, though.
Other critics erupted on Twitter over a possible future in which U.S. soldiers could be sent as mercenaries to any high-bidding country to risk their lives, regardless of a nation’s ideology or rationale for fighting.–Huffington Post.
Others argued the country doesn’t deserve American support because of Saudi Arabia’s link to the vicious dismemberment murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was writing at the time for The Washington Post. Some pointed out that most of the hijackers in the 9/11 attack were Saudis.
And some wondered exactly where the Saudi $1 billion is.
In a past life Trump made a living off of doing his best to appeal to his share holders, the type of people who by-and-large see profits by whatever means necessary as a positive. He got filthy rich through underhandedness and was praised for it in the world of business. Because of this, he quite clearly has no idea that bragging to the entire country that he’s bringing in money through the trafficking of soldiers to foreign nations could be construed in a negative way. We can be sure he expects applause; and we can be positive the people at his WWE-style rallies would give it to him.
But then again, what can we expect? This is a guy who palled around with Jeffrey Epstein, a trafficker of children, for decades. In that circle, that’s just how business is done, I suppose. Sell people, make money. It would be impossible, therefore, for Trump to have the foresight to avoid saying he’s taking money for the sale of American troops — I’d say “rental” of troops, but if they die that’s kind of the definition of “final purchase.” He is so corrupt he honestly thinks it’s something to brag about. He does it repeatedly.
Yet they try to impeach him for a phone call, not stuff like this, proving both sides of the fence — blues and reds — care as much about American troops as the john-countries buying them.
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