|This is how much I understand about NATO.|
Donald Trump, in a New York Times interview published Thursday, outlined a sharp break in US foreign policy tradition, suggesting the US wouldn't defend NATO allies like the Baltic states against Russian aggression if they haven't "fulfilled their obligation to us."
Trump has repeatedly made the case that most of NATO's 28-member countries are not making the requisite financial contributions for their common defense, and he's said in the past that "the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves."
Throughout the interview, the Republican presidential nominee seemed to reject core assumptions of US military and foreign policy thinking -- including foreign troop deployment and advocating for civil liberties -- and argued for an unprecedented global retrenchment, frequently framing his argument in economic terms.
Trump's comments were met with shock and anger in some quarters, drawing stern rebukes from members of both parties and prompting the White House to assuage anxious allies.
You know when a presidential candidate is so reckless that the current President's administraton has to calm fears in the wake of his comments, that should really tell you that such a person should NOT be a presidential candidate.
I'm just saying.
A top Clinton aide had this to say:
Jake Sullivan, a senior Clinton policy adviser, noted how the U.S. has for decades given an "ironclad guarantee" to its NATO allies to come to their defense if attacked, "just as they came to our defense" after 9/11.
"Donald Trump was asked if he would honor that guarantee. He said ... maybe, maybe not," Sullivan said in a statement. "The president is supposed to be the leader of the free world. Donald Trump apparently doesn't even believe in the free world."
You know all of this stopped being funny months ago.
Simply put anybody who sits out this election, or votes the Republican party ticket, is a traitor to this country.
Update: They have now had a chance to fact check Trump's acceptance speech and found that most of the "facts" that he presented were either untrue or misleading.
I actually would be surprised if it were otherwise.