President Donald Trump has seemingly mocked the United States’ Asian allies during his recent conference to discuss his tax reform plans at St. Charles, Missouri, on November 29.
In his speech, Trump mentioned his trip to Asia was a “tremendous success.” However, his message began to change as he unleashed jabs at the country’s allies by telling his supporters that the U.S. is actually defending some wealthy countries in the region.
“I say why are we defending them? We love them. I won’t mention names. But there are a lot of them. We love them, they’re wealthy,” the president said at the conference, Raw Story reported.
“One of them has a cash flow that they say is unsustainable; it’s so large. Think of that. How would you like to have an unsustainable cash flow? They don’t know what to do with their money. And we defend them.”
It is hard to pinpoint the country Trump is talking to when he said this statement in his speech considering that he’s been through several of the richest countries in Asia during his trip, specifically China, Japan and South Korea.
“It’s going to change, folks. We’re going to defend them but they’re going to treat us fairly and they’re going to pay for their defense. Does that make sense?” he continued with the loud cheer of approval from his supporters echoing in the hall.
“When I was in Asia, I spoke to a couple of the countries about it and they looked like this,” Trump said as he tries hard to imitate the Asian leaders’ gesture. “You know what this is? Hmm-hmm. That means they know they’re getting away with murder and they got to start helping us out. Okay?”
Trumps comment came more than two weeks since his return from his 12-day Asia trip where he met with many countries’ leader in the area, as well as attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit in the Philippines on November 13 and 14.