TPM: Trump Doubles Down On NATO Comments: 'We Have To Walk'
At a Monday rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Donald Trump doubled down on his previous controversial remarks regarding American support for NATO allies.
In an interview with The New York Times last week, Trump hesitated to commit to a defense of Baltic states in the case of Russian aggression, saying that it would depend on whether or not those NATO allies had "fulfilled their obligations" to the United States.
On Monday night, however, Trump offered an even more explicit ultimatum to NATO allies.
"I want them to pay," he said. "They don’t pay us what they should be paying! We lose on everything. Folks, we lose on everything."
He went on to criticize former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's foreign policy record: "She makes it impossible to negotiate. She’s not a negotiator. She’s a fool.”
"We have to walk," Trump added. "Within two days they're calling back! Get back over here, we’ll pay you whatever the hell you want."
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Update: Trump doubles down on NATO pullback, slaps at GOP Senate Leader McConnell for second-guessing him (L.A. Times)
WNU Editor: The blowback on Donald Trump's NATO remarks continue ....
US election: NATO allies shudder over prospect of a Donald Trump presidency -- The Australian
Obama condemns Trump on Nato and says rhetoric 'helps do Isis's work' -- The Guardian
In break from Trump, Paul Ryan defends NATO, trade deals -- US News and World Report
Obama: Trump's NATO Comments Show 'Lack of Preparedness' -- NBC
Trump's NATO Remarks Will Hurt Him in November -- Marc Thiessen, Newsweek
NATO hits back at Donald Trump comments that he would force other countries to pay their way in the military alliance -- News.com.au
Trump’s Loose NATO Talk Already Has Endangered Us -- Defense One
Trump wants America to stop being the world's policeman — and start being its rent-a-cop -- VOX
Mr. Trump, NATO is an alliance, not a protection racket -- Michael McFaul, Washington Post