Acting U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on the inadmissibility of government purchases of drones from Russia, Iran, China and North Korea. The document was published on the White House website.
These countries are named in the decree as political “adversaries” of the United States. Other states or nongovernmental organizations involved in schemes that allegedly threaten the national and economic security of the United States are also on the list.
“Drones are used by our law enforcement agencies and for disaster relief. The use of vehicles produced by our adversaries threatens national and economic security,” the executive order states.
The document also notes that United States government operations using drones involve the collection and retention of sensitive information, and the purpose of Washington policy is to prevent taxpayer funds from being used to purchase vehicles that threaten national security.
Earlier, Trump ordered cuts in government purchases from China out of concern that Chinese manufacturers were helping their country’s military. According to Trump’s executive order, departments and agencies should review laws, rules and regulations and propose changes, “including possible executive orders, to minimize purchases of goods and services from the PRC by the federal government.”