Donald Trump, Mike Pence contradict each other on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

by Abel Hampton July 22, 2016, 3:22

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's senior foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, said in a statement: "Trump has apparently decided that America lacks the moral authority to advance our interests and values around the world".

Bloomberg News reports: "Trump's remarks are 'both unsafe and irresponsible, ' Ojars Kalnins, who chairs the foreign affairs committee in Latvia's parliament, said in an interview with Latvian radio Thursday".

NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is a military alliance of European and North American democracies created after World War II to strengthen global cooperation as a counter-balance to the rise of the Soviet Union.

"Let me just reassure you, and reassure everyone on that point - I think that Article Five in the Nato Treaty of 1948, the doctrine of mutual defence, is incredibly important".

"Statements like these make the world more unsafe and the U.S. less safe", U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said in a statement, adding they would make Russian President Vladimir Putin "a very happy man".

Donald Trump applauds his running mate, Mike Pence, during 2016 Republican National Convention.

"I think the most charitable interpretation is he already sees himself engaged in negotiation with these (NATO allies) - that there hasn't been a fair burden-sharing", said John Hannah, a former adviser in George W. Bush White House and now with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

"Trump says it out because he is in the middle of a presidential campaign, but people think the same way in Germany, France, and Britain". Asked what he would do if countries had not fulfilled their obligations, Trump responded, "Well, I'm not saying if not". So Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have reason to fear Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, and now reason to be concerned about the uncertainty a Trump presidency would bring.

TRUMP: Have they fulfilled their obligations to us?

Trump was quoted in the Times as saying that if elected, he would not exert pressure on Turkey or other authoritarian allies about purging political opponents or cracking down on civil liberties.

Correction: The Latvian ambassador to the US was originally misidentified.

Stoltenberg: I have to relate to the decisions taken by the United States, the administration and the Congress, and what we have seen is a will of the United States to live up to all its commitments and to increase its presence in Europe. Does it make them more vulnerable? Any miscalculation can be unsafe and that's also a reason why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has increased its presence in the eastern part of the alliance, in the Baltic countries, in Poland, with... four multinational battalions, sending a very clear signal that an attack on any North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally will trigger a response from the whole alliance. "We trust America", he said, Bloomberg reported.

"Trump sees alliances as revenue-generating service", tweeted Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

"The mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country - yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the US, once more, to make up the difference", Gates charged then in Brussels.

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