Trump Allegedly Wants To Copy Singapore’s Death Penalty For Drug Traffickers, But Did He Really Say That?

Low drug usage and minimal drug trafficking in Singapore can be attributed to our hard stance on drug traffickers.

And by hard stance, we mean the death penalty.

Now it looks like President Trump hopes to copy the same stance in the U.S., according to a report by Axios on 26 Feb.


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Considering all the other hard stances President Trump has taken, it sounds pretty believable that he’d want to pull such a move in the U.S.

However, by now it’s quite clear that not all news is real news. Especially according to President Trump himself.

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So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to investigate whether or not President Trump really wants to copy Singapore’s death penalty for drug traffickers.

So did President Trump really say it?

Axios reports, and we quote:

Trump has said he would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America, though he’s privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system. [emphasis ours]

According to five sources who’ve spoken with Trump about the subject, he often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty. [emphasis ours]

Based on the reports, President Trump hasn’t publicly or directly said anything about the matter.

So basically, Axios claims that President Trump told someone he wants to implement the drug penalty, and that person told someone at Axios, who then wrote about it, leading to other news outlets to pick it up.

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The problem is, we don’t really know if that’s a basis for credible news so we guess we just have to take this with a pinch of salt.

Other things he supposedly said

That’s not all though, because there’s obviously a bunch of other stuff he supposedly told sources that was shared on Axios.

He says, ‘When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,]‘No. Death penalty’.”

The source was suggests President Trump had a conversation with PM Lee Hsien Loong about Singapore’s lack of a drug problem, a fact that PM Lee himself seems to attribute to the death penalty.

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Bear with this, we know it’s getting a little bit confusing.

The president makes a distinction between those that are languishing in prison for low-level drug offenses and the kingpins hauling thousands of lethal doses of fentanyl into communities, that are responsible for many casualties in a single weekend.

According to Axios, Kellyanne Conway, who is on President Trump’s administration, was quoted as saying this.

Basically, President Trump isn’t trying to have all drug abusers executed, just those that are dealing drugs on a massive level, leading to thousands of deaths.

We take a look at the source, Axios

Multiple news outlets including TODAY, CNN, and others have all reported that President Trump wants to introduce a death penalty for drug traffickers.

These accounts lead back to the same report by Axios, who claim that they talked to inside sources who directly spoke to President Trump regarding the matter.

He often jokes about killing drug dealers… He’ll say, ‘You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.”

Axios claims that a senior administration official said this to them, but there’s really no way of being certain.


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After doing a little bit of digging, it’s clear that Axios is a new media company founded by previous Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen, Roy Schwartz and Jim Vandehei in 2017.

Of course, it could be likely that President Trump did speak about emulating Singapore’s death penalty, but it’s too early to tell.

Take it with a pinch of salt

We guess it’s just a matter of waiting to see if President Trump does really implement harsher penalties relating to drug abuse and trafficking.

That itself could take awhile, considering he’s made other statements about the prevalent drug problem in America in the past.

Perhaps in these times, the best way to really know what President Trump is thinking is to just check out his Twitter feed.

Featured image from The White House.