New York Times: Donald Trump Sets Conditions for Defending NATO Allies Against Attack
CLEVELAND — 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.”
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WNU Editor: I have been flooded with requests to comment on this from people I know in Russia. What's my take .... it will be a massive shift in U.S. policy if this Trump position becomes policy .... but .... I doubt that even if he is elected he will implement it. It is too big of a change with too many unknowns .... and that alone is why it will not happen. But Donald Trump is right that a discussion should start on what is NATO's future, its purpose, what will each member state contribute, and long term goals.
My Russian contacts interpretation of these remarks by Trump are different from what the U.S. and NATO are saying .... they see these remarks as a warning from Trump to Eastern Europe to not do anything stupid that would drag the U.S. into a war. They are also saying that this is also the message that Trump is sending to America's allies in the Far East who are now embroiled in a border dispute with China .... do not do anything stupid that would drag the U.S. into a war. In this context .... they may be right.
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