Letter by Lai Thu Truc of Vietnam to President Donald J. Trump

Thư Công Dân Việt Nam Lại Thu Trúc Gởi Tổng Thống Mỹ Donald J. Trump

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Letter by Lai Thu Truc of Vietnam to POTUS Donald J. Trump

Ho Chi Minh City, 19 October 2017


The President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500


Dear Mr. President:


I the undersigned Lai Thu Truc (Ms.) from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on the threshold of your visit to my country this November wish to hereby present to you my compliments and would like to take this opportunity to convey to you my various opinions as follows.

For over a decade, I have read many blog articles of, and had personal talks with my mentor Mr. Hoang Huu Phuoc, the CEO of our company and also the Representative to the Vietnam’s XIIIth National Assembly (2011-2016) as well as Member to its Foreign Relations Committee. He is probably one of the very strong but unknown supporters of yours as seen via his very smart responses on his Twitter (1). In his blogs dated 01 January 2016 he even made an analysis of the nine unique strengths of yours and was the only person in Vietnam to predict your landslide triumph of the presidency (2). The points from my discussions with him as presented hereunder are non-partisan as both my mentor and I are not communist party members nor government’s officers.

A- The Shield & the Sword Status Quo of Vietnam

It is a well-proven fact that Vietnam has been for centuries being the shield and the sword to defeat and stop the China’s age-long ambitions of southward invasions to militarily colonize the territories which are now ASEAN countries e.g. Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia, thus indirectly ensuring the peaceful existence of the now Australia the owner of Darwin. This status quo of Vietnam in the present regional arena of an aggressive China claiming its assertions of sovereignty over the whole South China Sea makes Vietnam in dire need of considerable supports from the USA.

In this regard, I believe Vietnam need possess nuclear weapons to protect itself from the threats of invasions from China – and of course to protect regional states as well.

However, as strictly ruled by the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons), the NWS pledge not to transfer nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices to any recipient or in any way assist, encourage or induce any non-nuclear-weapon state in the manufacture or acquisition of a nuclear weapon, and this makes the issue of Vietnam’s possession of nuclear weapons impossible.

To solve this problem, I think the government of Vietnam should talk with the USA on the deployment of THAAD or Aegis Ashore systems, should the sales be approved by your Department of State.

B- The Supportive Navy Cooperation between Vietnam and the USA

Also in coping with the tension eruption in the South China Sea ignited by China, the government of Vietnam should also discuss with the USA and approve the development of the naval port at Cam Ranh Bay for deployment of and patrols by warships of both Vietnam and the USA to control, protect, and safeguard the freedom of navigation and maritime trade route security.

C- The Decisive Supportive Aspects from the USA to the World: Considering to Shutter the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

The very last but never the least point I wish to invite your kind attention to is the inconvenient issue from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Every year that bureau issues the so-called Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. While failing to offer a fully understandable and convincing definition of “democracy”, this work is a costly practice as huge human resources – and huge budgets – of the administration are simply wasted in toiling to collect data of dubious sources from each country for that reporting to the US Congress. It is of a totally useless purpose, irritating not only the government but also the people of each country listed in the report.

This practice is ignored by all – at least by Vietnam’s government and the majority of its people  – and considered only an individual war game between the US Department of State and its counterpart China’s State Council Information Office who annually publishes its own “Human Rights Record of the United States(3).

Among many other misleading comments, whist blaming Vietnam’s imaginary “the most significant human rights problems in the country were severe government restrictions of citizens’… right to change the government” as stated in its Vietnam 2016 Human Rights Report within the above-mentioned Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, the Bureau ignored the obvious fact that there is a similarity between the Vietnam’s applicable law and the 18 US Code § 2385 on advocating overthrow of government (4).

I personally believe the shuttering of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under your Department of State just like the recent case of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s decision to shutter the Office of Global Criminal Office J/GCJ (or Office of War Crime Issues) will contribute to your MAGA efforts to make the US State Department to regain its prestige and to achieve its budget management, particularly to stop playing the controversial role of lonesome argumentation with China only. Its talented staffs would help the country a lot if providing their positive supportive services to the other offices under the US Department of State, e.g. EAP, EUR, NEA, or WHA, or the like.


I hope that with your kind consideration, influence and power, the above opinions would be of values in order that both Vietnam and the USA could materialize the effective sustainable cooperation for securing peace and free maritime trade of ASEAN in particular and the world in general.


Most respectfully,


Lai Thu Truc

Phone: 84-903380207

Email: laithutruc@myabiz.biz

Blog: https://laithutruc.wordpress.com

Mailing Address: MYA BizCorp, 399B Truong Chinh, P14, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


(1) @HoangHuuPhuoc

(2) https://hoanghuuphuocvietnam.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/toi-ung-ho-donald-trump/  (in Vietnamese)

(3) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2017-03/09/c_136115481.htm

(4) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2385

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