Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a debate Monday with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. REUTERS
SEOUL — U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reiterated sharply opposing views on the issue of military support for American allies around the world, and for Japan and South Korea in particular, during their first televised debate on Monday.
Clinton, the Democratic candidate, criticized past statements made by Republican nominee Trump that indicated he might withdraw troops from Asia unless allies more fairly compensate the U.S. for protection.
“He has said repeatedly that he does not care if other nations got nuclear weapons, Japan, South Korea even Saudi Arabia,” said Clinton.
Trump countered that his opponent was misrepresenting his position, which he indicated was about negotiating a better compensation deal for U.S. support.
“All I said was they may have to defend themselves or they have to help us out. We are a country that owes $20 trillion, they have to help us out,” he said.
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Update #1: In the debate, Trump shifts on NATO, to the relief of Europe (Washington Post)
Update #2: In first debate, Clinton rips Trump over Japan comments, reassures nervous Asian allies (Japan Times)
WNU Editor: Hillary Clinton wants to maintain the status quo .... Donald Trump is questioning the status quo .... that is the gist of what I got last night.