Donald Trump has advocated for convicted drug dealers to receive the death penalty in the United States.
The former President claimed those who sell illegal narcotics cause harm to society and the community and therefore it should be an 'eye for an eye'.
Trump revealed his feelings about drug dealers during a speech at the America First Policy Institute summit.
He said it would be far better to give them a quick death rather than let them sit in prison for decades.
“You execute a drug dealer and you save 500 lives, because they kill on average 500 people”, he said.
In his 'America First' speech in DC, Trump goes on a long tangent about how the US needs to copy China and other authoritarian countries by executing all drug dealers after a "very quick trial," claiming those countries have "no drug problem whatsoever." pic.twitter.com/MqjzrQJOdX— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 26, 2022
“It’s terrible to say but you take a look at every country in this world that doesn’t have a problem with drugs, they have a very strong death penalty for the people that sell drugs.”
He explained how during a conversation with China's leader, Xi Jinping, it was revealed drug dealers are put to death in the country if they're convicted.
Similarly, former Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte famously called for drug addicts in his country to be executed.
Back in 2017, he said during a press conference: “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have...,” before pointing to himself, according to The Guardian.
He added: “Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
Trump certainly felt America should bring in a similar policy when both he and Duterte were in power.
Vanity Fair claims Trump called his Filipino counterpart and congratulated him on his policy with 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," he reportedly said over the phone.
During his speech at the America First Policy Institute summit he also advocated for the National Guard to be allowed to go into several US cities and 'restore order'.
He wants to open up large parcels of land and build thousands of high-quality tents for homeless people.
The former President also said there should be more powers to fire 'rogue bureaucrats who are undermining democracy'.