Donald Trump discussed his plans for a sharp break from US Foreign Policy norms, suggesting that he would not protect NATO allies against Russian aggression unless they’ve “fulfilled their obligation to us.” Trump has said in past interviews that NATO countries are not paying their own financial contributions, stating, “The U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.”
“We are spending a fortune on a military to lose $800 billion,” said Trump.
When discussing international agreements, Trump did state that he would like them to continue. Trump was questioned about a recent failed coup in Turkey. Trump praised Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan for being able to defend against the coup.
The Republican nominee further commented “I don’t think we have the right to lecture” when discussing potential violations of Erdogan’s administration against civil liberties.
Trump’s comments on NATO were responded to by Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, in a rare statement. The secretary general stated, “Solidarity among Allies is a ley value for NATO. This is good for European security and good for U.S. security. We defend one another.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded to Trump’s comments, stating, “It is fair to assume that Vladimir Putin is rooting for a Trump presidency.”