US will ‘100%’ support NATO countries that ‘pay up’ for defense, Trump vows

Former President Donald Trump has vowed the US will “100%” come to the protection of its NATO allies — supplied the opposite 31 international locations “pay up”.

Trump, 77, made the remark in an interview with British television that aired Tuesday, after beforehand criticizing different members of the Atlantic alliance for not spending sufficient on protection.

GB Information presenter Nigel Farage requested point-blank if the US would honor Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty — which calls on all members to rally behind an ally that comes underneath assault — underneath a second Trump administration if the opposite states “begin to play honest.”

“Sure,” the previous president responded. “100%.”

Trump additionally elaborated on feedback he made final month suggesting he would let Russia have a free hand towards NATO international locations that aren’t maintaining their commitments.

Former President Donald Trump stated in an interview that NATO international locations must “pay up” with a view to proceed getting safety from the USA. GB Information

“Why ought to we guard these international locations which have some huge cash and the USA was paying for many of NATO?” the previous president requested.

“Once I went there, I had already had it out with them [in the past],” added Trump, referencing his time within the White Home.

“NATO was not paying, I went to the primary assembly early in my administration and I noticed what was occurring and I stated, ‘You’re gonna must pay your payments, everyone.’ Then at the second meeting, I hit them hard,” he stated.

“The query was then requested by the top of a significant nation in entrance of everybody else, ‘So if we don’t pay our payments, are you going to guard us from Russia?’”

The previous president recalled saying at that assembly: “‘You imply you’re delinquent? You’re not paying the payments? Then no, I’m not going to pay you. We’re not going to do it.’

Trump questioned why the US ought to “guard” its allies whereas paying for “most of NATO.” Photograph by Omar Havana/Getty Photographs
Trump claimed he was in a position to get different NATO members to pay extra throughout his administration. GB Information

“‘We’re not going to defend you if you happen to’re not paying your payments. It’s quite simple,’” Trump went on. “And tons of of billions of {dollars} got here flowing in.”

In 2014, NATO leaders vowed to commit 2% of their nationwide gross home product to protection spending in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. This yr, 18 of the alliance’s 32 members are anticipated to satisfy that benchmark.

“NATO grew to become sturdy due to me. Now NATO has to deal with the US pretty as a result of if it wasn’t for the USA, NATO wouldn’t even exist,” the previous president stated. “They took benefit of us — like most international locations do.”

Trump beforehand advised he would encourage Russia to assault delinquent NATO members if he’s elected president. Getty Photographs

Farage then questioned whether or not Trump would order the US to return to the protection of NATO international locations like Poland in the event that they elevated their protection spending.

“Sure,” stated the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “However the USA ought to pay its fair proportion, not everyone else’s fair proportion.”

Trump additionally expounded on his earlier promise that he would be capable to negotiate a deal between Ukraine and Russia to finish the ongoing war in 24 hours.

Farage requested Trump if Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin is “the kind of man” who may be negotiated with.

“Yeah, I feel he’s,” the previous president responded, including: “We did very well with him.”

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