Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic US presidential nomination on Tuesday said instead of selling weapons to India, United States should partner on the issue of climate change with the aim of creating renewable energy and cutting air pollution.
“Instead of selling USD 3 billion in weapons to enrich Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed, the United States should be partnering with India to fight climate change. We can work together to cut air pollution, create good renewable energy jobs, and save our planet,” Sanders posted on Twitter.
His tweet comes at a time when US President Donald Trump is on his maiden official trip to India where he is expected to sign agreements.On Monday, addressing a huge gathering at Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, Trump said that US will sign deals to sell over $3 billion of “absolute finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters” and other equipment to the Indian armed forces.
ANI had earlier reported that the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday gave its nod to the acquisition of 24 US-made MH-60 Romeo multi-role helicopters worth around USD 2.5 billion for the Indian Navy.
It was reported that India and US would make an announcement regarding the MH-60 Romeo choppers and the six Apache attack helicopters for the Army during the visit of American President.
Meanwhile, in the run of the election year, Sanders, the Democratic presidential hopeful has been vociferous in criticising Trump’s policies, particularly those done with strategic partners in defence sectors.
On several occasions, Sanders has also advocated cutting the US defence expenditure which he deems as preposterous.