Donald Trump threatens US defense allies, calls army ‘depleted’

July 24, 2016 9:30 pm

Republican presidential candidate

US defense allies, including
NATO member states, should pay otherwise they will not be protected at
the time of war, says GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, asserting
that the US army is itself “depleted.”

His comments came
from a pre-recorded interview from Bedminster, New Jersey, broadcast on
NBC on Sunday, in which the real estate tycoon said NATO members would
be stripped of protection if “they don’t pay.”
“So all I’m saying
is they have to pay. Now a country gets invaded – they haven’t paid.
Everyone says, ‘oh, but we have a treaty’. Well they have a treaty too.
They’re supposed to be paying. We have countries with NATO that are
taking advantage of us. With me, I believe they’re going to pay, and
when they pay, I’m a big believer in NATO.,” he said.
‘No Germany, no Saudi’
The billionaire businessman added that the US army is getting weak while the country is in debt.
“This
isn’t 40 years ago. This isn’t 50 years ago. It’s not 30 years ago.
We’re a different country today. We’re much weaker. Our military is
depleted. We owe tremendous amounts of money. We have to be reimbursed.
We can no longer be the stupid country,” he noted.
Apart from
member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Trump also
pointed the finger at Saudi Arabia, Germany, Japan, and South Korea for
dependence on the .
“You know this goes beyond NATO,
because we take care of we take care of Japan we take care of Germany we
take care of South Korea we take care of Saudi Arabia and we lose on
everything. We lose on everything.”
‘No Syrian refugees’
The
controversial presidential candidate also reiterated his viewpoint
about immigrants entering the US, saying he would put in place “tough
standards.”
“If a person can’t prove that they are from an area,
and a person can prove what they have to be able to prove, they’re not
coming into this country,” Trump said, attacking his rival, Democratic
presumed nominee Hillary Clinton, over her stance on migration.
“And
I would stop the Syrian migration and the Syrian from coming into this
country in two seconds. Hillary Clinton wants to take 550 percent more
people coming in from that area than Barack Obama. I think she’s crazy. I
think she’s crazy,” said the New York businessman.
He further argued that Britons’ decision to quit the European Union also originated from the refugee crisis inE urope.
“Because
they’ve allowed people over years to come into their territory. That’s
why Brexit happened, OK? Because the UK is saying we’re tired of the
stuff what’s going on. We’re tired of it.”
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