“The Trump Doctrine” has apparently already made an impact with the officials in charge of purchasing military equipment for America’s allies.
The Pentagon has notified Congress that it plans to stop buying Russian Mi17 helicopters for Afghanistan and will start buying American helicopters, according to Radio Free Europe.
“When the Pentagon buys helicopters, they should be made in America.”
The purchase of U.S. military helicopters for Afghani operations has long been sought by members of Congress, but it didn’t happen until Republican President-elect Donald Trump won the election on Nov. 8.
“I’ll never understand why the U.S. government sent taxpayer money to Russia for helicopters in Afghanistan while Russia was supporting the Assad regime in Syria and invading eastern Ukraine,” U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, told Radio Free Europe after the decision was made on Friday.
“When the Pentagon buys helicopters, they should be made in America,” said Murphy.
Trump had run on a platform of putting American manufacturers first. Trump has also said he would renegotiate free-trade treaties.
Already, Ford Motor Co. has said it will not move an assembly line in Kentucky to Mexico. Trump’s bully pulpit for American jobs is already being called “the Trump effect.”
The Pentagon spend billions of U.S. tax dollars on the purchase and procurement of military equipment for allied nations and regimes, generally from major U.S. defense contractors.
Perhaps realizing the political winds of change coming to Washington, Pentagon purchasers of Russian-made helicopters reversed themselves on Friday.
In addition to being tone-deaf to the needs of American workers, the purchase of the helicopters would violate the spirit of the sanctions placed upon Russia for its invasion of the the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula two years ago.
The Connecticut-made Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will likely be made to supply Afghan forces.
The Pentagon can now likely expect a Trump tweet shout-out.