t a meeting in the White House on Monday with US governors, Donald Trump talked up the Chinese justice system.
When asked about the flow of fentanyl from China to the US, the president opted to compliment China on how quickly it executes its drug dealers.
“Now they’ve put it into their criminal statutes. And criminal in China for drugs by the way means that’s serious, they’re getting a maximum penalty,” Trump said. “And you know what the maximum penalty is in China for that, and it goes very quickly.”
“It’s interesting where you have Singapore, you have very little drug problem, in China, you have very little drug problem. States with a very powerful death penalty on drug dealers don’t have a drug problem.”
“I don’t know that our country is ready for that,” he shrugged. “But if you look throughout the world, the countries with a powerful death penalty, death penalty, with a fair but quick trial, they have very little if any drug problem. That includes China.”
Trump suggests he’d like to model American criminal law on drug dealing on authoritarian systems like China, where dealers are executed: “Countries with a powerful death penalty, with a fair but quick trial, they have very little if any drug problem. That includes China.” pic.twitter.com/9WprysjJAX
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Trump’s own State Department would disagree with his assessment of China’s justice system as “fair.”
“The Chinese legal system can be opaque and the interpretation and enforcement of local laws arbitrary,” reads the department’s advisory page on China. “The judiciary does not enjoy independence from political influence.”
It also notes that: “Police regularly conduct unannounced drug tests on people suspected of drug use and have been known to enter a bar or nightclub and subject all patrons to immediate drug testing. Police may force you to provide a urine, blood, or hair follicle sample on short notice.”
Trump has suggested a number of times before that the US should emulate China’s hardline approach when it comes to drugs, evidently continuing to remain ignorant of the fact that China does have a drug problem which executions have not solved.