GOP senator blast Donald Trump over NATO remarks

July 21, 2016 7:37 pm

Republican Presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 20, 2016. (AFP photo)

US Republican presidential
nominee Donald Trump has come under criticism from GOP senators for
suggesting that he may not defend NATO allies if they are attacked.

In
an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, the real estate
mogul said that if he is elected president, the US would only aid the
allies who have “fulfilled their obligations to us.”
“Statements
like these make the world more dangerous and less
safe,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who dropped his
own presidential bid in December of last year.
 “I can only
imagine how our allies in NATO, particularly the Baltic States must feel
after reading these comments from Mr. Trump. I’m 100 percent certain
how Russian President Putin feels — he’s a very happy man,” Graham, a
member of the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees, added.
He
called on Trump to “correct” his statements on Thursday night, when the
Republican National Convention will address the issue of national
security.
“If Mr. Trump is serious about wanting to be Commander
in Chief, he needs to better understand the job which is to provide
leadership for the and the free world,” he said.
NATO
has been deploying troops and military equipment on its eastern
frontier with Russia ever since cutting ties with Moscow in 2014.
Asked
about Russia’s possible military response to NATO’s military buildup,
Trump said America might abandon a guarantee of protection to such
countries.
This is while NATO members have signed a treaty that
says an attack on one member state is an attack on all and that other
states should come to aid of any member that comes under attacks.
“Our
friends should draw strength and our adversaries should take pause from
this simple fact: Americans keep our word,” said Senator Ben Sasse of
Nebraska, who is a staunch critic of the New York businessman.
Throughout
his primary run, Trump repeatedly questioned ties with NATO, calling on
its members to either pay up for Washington’s support or spend more on
their own security.
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