He sells troops.
“We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia—I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1B in the bank.” pic.twitter.com/rc1f7heyCP
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 11, 2020
… which is the most generous possible framing here. Perhaps he hasn’t actually sold American soldiers’ lives to his Saudi bankers — yet. Trump says a lot of stuff that’s ‘just marketing’, after all. Maybe he’s just doing a little advertising, in case anybody in the area’s looking for some well-equipped military muscle…
Hey US troops at Al-Asad airbase, if you're wondering why you didn't have any Patriot launchers to stop those incoming Iranian missiles well… https://t.co/rd4eZeixaH
— YYZedd (@Zeddary) January 11, 2020
Just so we're clear, Trump is now openly flaunting that he's operating the military as a mercenary force and that he's hung a price tag on the lives of American soldiers.
I know so much of what Trump does is forgotten, but this is obscenely dangerous and troubling.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) January 11, 2020
He's just a mobster. https://t.co/Kmpk7slI88
— Malarksist Revolutionary (@agraybee) January 11, 2020
1) This is grossly disrespectful to the 1% of Americans who serve in our military, and do not think they are for-hire Saudi etc mercenaries.https://t.co/cz2xGmewT5
2) Where is that 1.5 billion dollars? https://t.co/ZNlEnYHtD5
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) January 11, 2020
— 90.7 WMFE (@wmfeorlando) January 12, 2020