Donald Trump is getting trashed at his own convention by Republicans after threatening to break up NATO if member states don’t pay the US more money.
Trump’s comments about not helping NATO allies unless they pay the US more money were met with criticism from top Republicans.
“I disagree with that,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was in Cleveland, said 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.”
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, speaking during a POLITICO panel event at the convention, said Trump’s remarks made it harder for him to vote for the real estate mogul come November. “You have allies right now, I mean I have friends that, you know, serve in parliament in places like Estonia, that everyday worry about the Russians deciding that this is the time to re-annex and take them back,” said Kinzinger, a former Air Force pilot. “And comments like this are not only ill-informed, they’re dangerous.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who isn’t at the convention, said, “Statements like these make the world more dangerous and the United States less safe. I can only imagine how our allies in NATO, particularly the Baltic states must feel after reading these comments from Mr. Trump. I’m 100 percent certain how Russian President Putin feels — he’s a very happy man.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), also not in Cleveland, said, “Our friends should draw strength and our adversaries should take pause from this simple fact: Americans keep our word,” he said. “As Mr. Putin revives Soviet-style aggression and the threat of violent Islam looms over European and American cities, the United States stands with our NATO allies.”
The Majority Leader of the United States Senate is splitting with the presidential nominee of his own party at the convention where he will accept the presidential nomination.
What we are seeing is the Republican Party fall apart in front of our very eyes. Trump couldn’t even keep it together long enough to accept the party’s nomination.
Donald Trump had caused an international incident, split his party into pieces, and shown that he is Putin’s puppet all before what supposed to be the shining moment of his presidential campaign.
Republicans couldn’t even last four days pretending to like each other, before Donald Trump sunk the GOP ship in Cleveland.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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