ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Brazillian source says you can’t trust a U.S. company in the wake of the National Security Agency spy scandal and that’s why the Brazilian government didn’t buy $4.5 billion in fighter jets from Boeing.

David Fleischer, a political scientist at the University of Brasilia, said Boeing was very close to receiving the contract but then the NSA booted them out of the air.

Brazil’s government announced Wednesday that it will opt for a Saab fighter jet rather than the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, which is made in St. Louis. The issue was debated for 15 years.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, says a lot of countries are unhappy with the United States these days.

“If we don’t get that straightened out, we’re going to see a number of people who are less willing to stretch, if necessary, to rally around the leadership of the United States than they might have been otherwise,” Missouri’s junior senator said.

But Blunt says American companies can be trusted and he adds that with recent orders from Australia and other countries, there is no danger of the F-18 Super Hornet line shutting down.

“The bottom line, I’m disappointed on this,” he added.


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