WASHINGTON – US leader Donald Trump spoke about the ammunition shortage in the United States at the very beginning of his presidency in 2017.
Speaking to supporters in New Mexico, the President said that in the first weeks of his stay in the White House, Defense Secretary James Mattis told him: “Sir, we have very little ammunition.” “It’s awful!” Trump cried.
“I don’t blame him, I don’t blame anyone, but he told me this because we were in a certain situation with one country – I won’t say which – we may have had a conflict,” the President continued, who also told the story to reporters at the White House on Monday.
“Sir, if you can, postpone this conflict because we have very little ammunition,” the President quoted the former Defense Minister as saying. The head of the Washington administration then stressed that he did not want to hear these words ever again. “No [US] President should ever hear those words: “we have little ammunition.”..> I never want to be in this position again,” said the head of the White House.
He added that in early 2017 the situation was close to the lack of ammunition in the country. “We had very little ammunition. I could have said it harsher. I don’t want to say, “There was no ammunition. But it was close to that,” the President said, adding that now the US has “more ammunition, more missiles, more tanks, more jet fighters.” “When I came here [to the White House], 50% of our jet fighters were not flying.”..> They were in bad shape. And now we have the best fighters in the world, and everyone wants to buy them,” Trump added.
And while he noted that he did not want to blame anyone for the situation, at the same time he said that he “inherited it from the last administration” of the 44th US President Barack Obama and, “in fairness, from the administration before President Obama [43rd President George W. Bush].”