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By The Nation

 

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United States President Donald Trump told Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that Thailand should buy more American products to reduce the trade imbalance.


In remarks prior to their meeting at the White House on Monday (local time in Washington DC), Trump wasted no time in pressing for more sales of US goods to Thailand.

 

“I do want to say that our relationship on trade – and we’ve been negotiating very long and hard, and we’re meeting with our representatives in a little while to go further. But our relationship on trade is becoming more and more important. And it [Thailand]’s a great country to trade with; they make products and different things that are really very important to us, and we likewise sell to you,” Trump said.

 

“I think we're going to try and sell a little bit more to you now, make that a little bit better if that’s possible. But we have a big, full period of time scheduled with our two staffs.”

 

 

Meanwhile Prime Minister Prayut expressed his condolences to the victims and families of the shooting tragedy on Monday in Las Vegas, as well as to victims and families affected by the hurricanes that lashed US states and Puerto Rico.

 

The Thai premier commended the contributions of first lady Melania Trump and Trump’s daughter.

 

“I also would like to commend the first lady on playing such a vital role in looking after those who have less opportunity. Of course, your daughter also worked very closely in order to tackle the problem. I know that she has developed an interest to solve issues of women and children. Thailand stands ready to work closely with the first lady and with Mr President of course,” Prayut told Trump via an interpreter.

 

Trump, however, dwelled a lot on his upcoming trip to Puerto Rico and the bloody massacre in Las Vegas.

 

“Tomorrow [Wednesday] morning, early, I’ll be leaving for Puerto Rico with the First Lady. We are going to be seeing all of the first responders, the military, FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], and, frankly, most importantly, we’re going to be seeing the people of Puerto Rico.

 

“We’ve been very – I mean, I think we’ve been – it’s been amazing what's been done in a very short period of time on Puerto Rico. There’s never been a piece of land that we’ve known that was so devastated. The bridges are down, the telecommunications nonexistent, and it’s in very, very bad shape. The electrical grid, as you know, was totally destroyed.

 

“But we’ve gotten tremendous amounts of food and water, and lots of other things – supplies – generally speaking, on the island. So, we’re going to be going tomorrow morning, first thing, very early.

 

“We’re also going to be meeting with Governor [Kenneth] Mapp of US Virgin Islands. He’s going to probably, because of the difficulty in getting in to Virgin Islands, he’s probably going to meet us in Puerto Rico.”

 

“And then, very importantly also, on Wednesday morning, very early, we’re going to be leaving for Las Vegas, where we’re going to be seeing the governor, who I just spoke to; the mayor – governor of the state – the mayor of Las Vegas, who I just spoke to; the sheriff, who has done such a great job; the police department has done such a fantastic job in terms of the speed, and we all very much appreciate it.

 

“So, we’ll be going to Puerto Rico tomorrow. And on Wednesday, we will be going to, as you know, as I just said, we'll be going to Las Vegas on a very, very sad –it’s a very sad moment for me, for everybody. For everybody, no matter where you are, no matter what your thought process, this is a very, very sad day.

 

“So, we’re going to be doing that on Wednesday. And we’ll be spending the full day there, and maybe longer than that,” he said.

 

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told accompanying reporters that Thailand is willing to buy some 50,000-60,000 tonnes of coal from the US.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30328330

 
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Prayuth Not Striking Arms Deal In Washington, Junta Says

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter

 

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President Donald Trump listens as Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 

BANGKOK — Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha’s trip to meet US President Donald Trump did not include any discussion of arms sales, a junta deputy said Tuesday.

 

Prayuth’s much-anticipated trip to the White House, which officials say is to boost regional cooperation and also burnishes the coup leader’s bonafides, raised speculation that the military regime would also move to buy more arms from the Americans. The junta already approved two previous arm buys from the United States.

 

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/10/03/prayuth-not-striking-arms-deal-washington-junta-says/

 
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Thailand needs to buy more material from the US as supporting the economy of America, indirectly supports my retirement in LOS. 

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i guess its who onsells the arms cheaper, us or saudi,

 

its all about the money

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Welcome mr Prayuth, nice to have you here....we'll sell you a little bit more in the future....now we are preparing for Porto Rico and Las Vegas blablabla...

 

Did he have to come over to hear that the USA will sell Thailand more in the future?? so rude....

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Trump tells Thailand to buy more from US

Of course he did, that's his preferred BS mantra.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand is willing to buy some 50,000-60,000 tonnes of coal from the US.

Half a small ship load - big deal! Perhaps that's all Thailand can afford.

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And here I was, thinking the ultra liberal/republican mantra was all about FREE trade ...

 

I guess it means that other countries are free to buy American products, or else.

 

At least with Trump the 'American dream' shows its true colors. When the other guys are at the helm, the US economic policy is basically the same but it comes all festooned with all kinds of humanitarian and democratic sermons. :wacko:

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