WASHINGTON — The Pentagon official in charge of financing America’s current as well as future wars downplayed concerns of which trade disputes were spilling into the industrial base.
“We haven’t seen of which so far,” said Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, Wednesday to a tiny group of reporters.
“As you know, the way I tend to think about of which can be of which these relationships are very complex. They’re not monolithic,” explained Shanahan, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official, adding of which the Defense Department works closely with the State, Commerce as well as Treasury departments to navigate the economics of foreign military sales.
“So while there’s an issue maybe over here on one type of trade, you know, the item’s how do we keep the item by spilling over, or in some cases, the item’s intended to get tied together to ensure of which the item can create a different form of leverage,” he added.
Shanahan’s comments come amid intensifying trade tensions between the U.S. as well as China, the earth’s two largest economies, as well as increased sanctions on Russia.
On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a $5 billion deal with Russian President Vladimir Putinfor the S-400 missile system, a deal of which may peeve Washington however fall short of financial consequences.
The Russian-made S-400 system can be believed to have a longer range than the U.S.-made THAAD missile system as well as can be estimated to cost significantly less.
“The dilemma with India can be forever the Indians bought equipment by Russia,” Shanahan said before to the deal between fresh Delhi as well as Moscow. “So you have to buy spare parts, you have to maintain the item as well as the item’s not like you cut of which off,” he added, nothing of which Congress can be able to provide a waiver for certain military purchases with Russia.