UNITED States President Donald Trump often muses about killing drug dealers as a way to address narcotics problem in the country, American news website Axios reported Sunday, February 25.
Among Trump’s inspirations is apparently the current situation in the Philippines, where the government is waging a bloody war that has led to deaths of thousands of suspected drug personalities.
Unnamed sources, who supposedly have spoken to Trump about the subject, revealed that the U.S. leader admires the drug policies of countries like the Philippines and China.
“He (Trump) often jokes about killing drug dealers. He’ll say, ‘You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have drug problem. They just kill them,’” a senior administration official told Axios.
Trump also reportedly wants similar laws that would execute all drug dealers in the U.S., even commending Singapore’s mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers.
“He (Trump) says, ‘When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,] ‘No. Death penalty,’” a source told Axios.
During Trump’s visit to Manila in November last year, Malacañang said the U.S. president appeared “sympathetic” when Philippine President Rodrigo talked about the drug problem in the Philippines.
Trump had earlier congratulated Duterte for the latter administration’s “unbelievable job” in addressing the drug menace.
“Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that,” Trump told Duterte.
Human rights groups have claimed that over 12,000 lives have been lost in Duterte’s drug war and have condemned the Philippine government for allegedly giving police and vigilantes a “license to kill” drug suspects nationwide.
But the Philippine government disputed the figure, clarifying that only around 4,000 drug personalities were killed for violently resisting arrest during police operations. The Duterte administration also repeatedly denied that it promotes sanctioned killings.