The 3 Most Dangerous Things Trump Said In Bonkers NYT Foreign Policy Interview

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump appears on stage during the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, USA.Photo by Dennis Van Tine/Sipa USA
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Donald Trump gave several objectionable responses when pressed about how he would approach foreign policy in the Oval Office in a The New York Times interview published late Wednesday.

Here are some of the scariest comments he made:

America’s role in assisting NATO allies

Trump hesitated in saying the United States would automatically come to the defense of the 28 members of NATO. The Times asked specifically if Trump would, in light of Russia’s recent aggressions, assist the smaller Baltic States that most recently joined NATO if Russia were to attack.

The real estate mogul responded that he would assist those allies—after considering whether they “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”

Trump’s remark to the Times comes after his staffers worked to soften language in the Republican Party’s 2016 platform about arming Ukraine to combat Russian forces.

Trump’s top aide, Paul Manafort, claimed to Mother Jones that Trump had been misquoted on this point:

The Times’ reporter in the meeting with Trump, Maggie Haberman, stood by her report:

Reining in U.S. bases abroad

Trump repeated his proposal to reign in U.S. troops abroad and bring military bases back to American soil.

“If we decide we have to defend the United States, we can always deploy (from American soil),” Trump was quoted as saying, “and it will be a lot less expensive.”

Solving Islamic State unrest through “meetings”

When asked how he would solve the issue of Turkey attacking the Kurdish forces the U.S. has supported in combating the Islamic State, Trump reportedly paused and responded with one word: “meetings.”

Read the Times’ full report here.

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  1. I’ve got a life sized picture of solving the problems with Turkey with “meetings”.

  2. “Fulfilled their obligations to us.”

    Is Trump referring to himself in the majestic plural here or does he mean America?

    Does he even recognize the distinction?

  3. Before anyone posts a GIF of popcorn eating, this story is extremely worrisome. It is…destructive, really. And it certainly is a betrayal of what any reasonable person’s idea of American leadership in the world is.

    There’s a not-so-old US Navy commerical that ends on: “A force for good.” You read this article and it becomes: “The United States. No longer here.”

    Trump delenda est.

  4. “The Times asked specifically if Trump would, in light of Russia’s recent aggressions, assist the smaller Baltic States.”

    “I will never back down from America’s unwavering support for our historical ally Baltonia.”

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