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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday was forced to reassure NATO allies that the United States will support them after his party's nominee was remarkably hesitant about backing Baltic states in need of defense.

"I disagree with that," McConnell told Politico of Trump's comments. "NATO is the most important military alliance in world history. I want to reassure our NATO allies that if any of them get attacked, we'll be there to defend them."

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CLEVELAND – Nigel Farage, the ex-leader of the UK Independence Party who pushed for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, praised some aspects of Donald Trump's recent NATO posturing, but stopped short of suggesting the alliance should be done away with altogether.

"I think his first position where he said NATO should pay its way, I think he's right," Farage told TPM from the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday afternoon. "But I wouldn't scrap it, I would just redefine what it is."

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Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) did not mince words when responding to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) refusal to endorse Donald Trump during his speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention.

"I think what people saw last night is what we have seen in the Senate. No matter how conservative you are, you never can meet Ted’s standard," Coats told the IndyStar on Thursday. "He only thinks of himself, he doesn’t think about party. He’s a wrecking ball."

"He’s the most self-centered, narcissistic, pathological liar I’ve ever seen – and you can quote me on that," Coats added.

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John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, said Thursday morning he was "disturbed" by Donald Trump's recent remarks about NATO, according to the Palm Beach Post.

"When an American leader says 'I'll look at what the situation is after the Russians attack,' that is an open invitation to Vladimir Putin," Bolton said at an event for Florida delegates at the Republican convention, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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