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  • While visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, Trump offered his congratulations, on the large amount of equipment purchased from the United States.

    While visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, Trump offered his congratulations, on the large amount of equipment purchased from the United States. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 November 2017
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“The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment,” Trump said in Tokyo.

Continuing his tour of Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump crowed over pending negotiations with South Korea and the purchase of a number of nuclear-powered submarines.

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Trump’s presidential tour of Asia has transformed into a bidding platform for U.S.-made military weapons, including submarines, planes and missiles to name a few.

While visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, Trump offered his congratulations on the large amount of equipment purchased from the United States, which he said would lower the trade deficit, something he added was "very important" to the people.

“We have trade deficits with numerous countries and we don't want trade deficits, so we appreciate that very much,” Trump said.

On Monday, Trump spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, painting a picture of U.S. made weaponry shooting North Korean ballistic missiles “out of the sky."

“The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should,” Trump said while standing beside the minister during a press conference. “And we make the best military equipment by far."

Abe agreed somewhat less enthusiastically, saying that if necessary, the country would act in coordination with the United States.

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“The North Korea situation is becoming very tough, the Asia-Pacific security situation is very tough, and so we qualitatively and quantitatively have to enhance our capabilities,” he said, saying Japan is planning to purchase F-35 fighter jets as well as warships armed with missiles powerful enough to intercept attacks outside earth’s atmosphere.

“The quality and quantity (of our defence equipment) must be enhanced, and in that process we will buy more from the U.S.,” he said.

“It’s a lot of jobs for us, and a lot of safety for Japan, and other countries that are likewise purchasing military equipment from us, that frankly a year ago or two years ago were not,” Trump said.

Next on the agenda after South Korea, the U.S. president will visit with China, followed by Vietnam and the Philippines.

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