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Trump: We “Have to Walk” Away From NATO Like a Business

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Republican presidential nominee is digging himself a deeper hole and there will be no walking it back.

Trump spoke at a rally in North Carolina where he said we must be willing to walk away from NATO if our allies aren't willing to pay us more protection money.

"I want them to pay," he said. "They don’t pay us what they should be paying! We lose on everything. Folks, we lose on everything." [...]

"We have to walk," Trump added. "Within two days they're calling back! Get back over here, we’ll pay you whatever the hell you want."

"They will pay us if the right person asks," he said. "That’s the way it works, folks. That’s the way it works."

No, that's not the way it works.

This isn't an offer they can't refuse as much as it is an offer you should never make. This isn't a goddamn real-estate deal. The integrity of NATO, the defense of Europe and risk of global war is not something we can afford to gamble.

Trump's BFF Vladimir Putin has already demonstrated that he's willing and capable of invading his neighbors and two days is actually more than enough time to launch a blitzkrieg that Russia is already preparing for. And once the shooting starts, you've already given up the game. There's no taking it back. Even the prospect of America abandoning NATO could be enough to destabilize the region as our allies feel like they can't depend on us. And if we elect Donald Trump, they might be right.

European defense spending has risen by $3 billion this year. Trump's claim that our allies aren't already spending more money is a lie. Putin's invasion of Ukraine turned a lot of heads.

The Party of Ronald Reagan has nominated a man who is saying we should walk away from NATO and let the Russians have it.

  • muselet

    I don’t think Donald Trump realizes NATO isn’t a protection racket.

    –alopecia

    • Victor the Crab

      What does Littlepenisfingers realize in the real world?

  • fry1laurie

    I’d like to know Drumpf’s plan that if we do leave NATO and are later drawn into armed conflict, will there be anyone to help defend us? Or does “American Exceptionalism” mean we can go it alone?

  • Aynwrong

    So where is Paul (Very Serious Person) Ryan on this and has the media descended upon him like a school of genetically engineered piranha yet and if not, why not? This is the man who Ryan has said he is willing to work with is it not?

    Why is the GOP so willing to empower a man who would conduct out foreign policy as Putin’s Poodle™?

  • Draxiar

    This is an example (one of many that we’ve seen from this man-child) of what it would be like to run the government like a business.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I think the Donald has been watching too many episodes of The Sopranos.

  • If I was the DNC I would go to some of the countries he is talking about abandoning and I would get interviews with people who lived through Russian occupation and the subsequent liberation. Those common people expressing their horror at being abandoned put next to Trump’s idiotic statements would be a very powerful ad.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    He is so detached from the realities of what it takes to be a president and his moron followers are swallowing anything he sprays at them. This is really starting to get scary. I hope the momentum built last night at the DNC only builds further. This thug can not become president.

    • I really hope that DNC speakers touch on Foreign Policy and emphasize not only how crazy his statement are but what they intend to do differently. This is an area that Dems are perceived as not being strong on and this is the perfect opportunity to change that narrative.