Thursday, July 21, 2016

TRUMP: I'll Back NATO Members Against Russia If They Have Met Their Obligations

The New York Times reports:
 Donald J. Trump, on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, explicitly raised new questions on Wednesday about his commitment to automatically defending NATO allies if they are attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance.

Asked about Russia’s threatening activities, which have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing if those nations have “fulfilled their obligations to us.”

“If they fulfill their obligations to us,” he added, “the answer is yes."
I just hope libertarian Trump fanboys don't try to spin this as Trump being against NATO and being soft on Russia. It is not.

NYT makes clear (my emphasis):
Mr. Trump’s statement appeared to be the first time that a major candidate for president had suggested conditioning the United States’ defense of its major allies. It was consistent, however, with his previous threat to withdraw American forces from Europe and Asia if those allies fail to pay more for American protection.


More from Trump:
If we cannot be properly reimbursed for the tremendous cost of our military protecting other countries, and in many cases the countries I’m talking about are extremely rich. Then if we cannot make a deal, which I believe we will be able to, and which I would prefer being able to, but if we cannot make a deal, I would like you to say, I would prefer being able to, some people, the one thing they took out of your last story, you know, some people, the fools and the haters, they said, “Oh, Trump doesn’t want to protect you.” I would prefer that we be able to continue, but if we are not going to be reasonably reimbursed for the tremendous cost of protecting these massive nations with tremendous wealth — you have the tape going on?

More vis NYT:

 NYT: Can the members of NATO, including the new members in the Baltics, count on the United States to come to their military aid if they were attacked by Russia? And count on us fulfilling our obligations ——

TRUMP: Have they fulfilled their obligations to us? If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes.


  1. Let's see.
    Only 5 out of 28 countries are paying the required amount.
    The U.S.A. is one of the 5.

    I take this is an anti NATO statement.

    If a certain San Fran living blogger wants to spin it another way, whatever.

  2. Anyone seriously think Trump knows how many NATO states live up to their "obligations"? Which is what? The US has been asking them to increase to 2% of their GDP? And the US spends how much?