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Former Sen. Scott Brown, a Donald Trump supporter, explained to TPM that Trump's threats to back out of the U.S.'s NATO obligations were merely a negotiating tactic, and said he was not worried that a President Trump would refuse to defend NATO allies from Russia because of where Trump's wife was born.

"Obviously that is a mechanism for to put the pressure on these people to say, 'Oh my goodness, they're not going to there,' and to actually get some bargaining power," Brown told TPM Thursday. "The likelihood of that happening -- his wife is from that region -- I am not worried about it."

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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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