United States President President Donald Trump has reportedly talked about his desire to execute drug dealers, even commenting on the situation in the Philippines where suspected drug personalities are killed.
The Axios report, citing five sources who have spoken to Trump about the topic, said that the US leader seems to admire the drug policies of China and the Philippines.
“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.
The Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that during their meeting in Manila in November last year, Trump appeared “sympathetic” when President Rodrigo Duterte discussed the drug problem in the Philippines.
Earlier, Trump had congratulated Duterte for his administration’s crackdown against illegal drugs. “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.
The report also noted that Trump also lauds 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.
Trump believes that a softer approach to drug reform is ineffective in the United States, according to the report.
But White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who is leading the administration’s drug policy office, told Axios that Trump is talking about high-volume dealers who are killing thousands of people.