DRONES/MILITARY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.
Trump is expected to ease rules for such foreign sales under a long-delayed new policy on unmanned military aircraft due to be rolled out as early as this month, the first phase of a broader overhaul of arms export regulations.
U.S. drone manufacturers, facing growing competition overseas especially from Chinese and Israeli rivals who often sell under lighter restrictions, have lobbied hard for the rule changes.
The White House is expected to tout the move as part of Trump’s ‘Buy American’ initiative to create jobs and reduce the U.S. trade deficit. Human rights and arms control advocates, however, warn it risks fueling violence and instability in regions such as the Middle East and South Asia.”
-Mike Stone and Matt Spetalnick, “Exclusive: Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies – sources,” Reuters, Mar. 20, 2018 03:05am