Donald Trump does not shy away from making controversial and politically incorrect statements, but a recent policy decision he put out is making even some of his most ardent supporters second guess their endorsements.
Here’s what he said:
During a 45-minute conversation, he explicitly raised new questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance. Mr. Trump re-emphasized the hard-line nationalist approach that has marked his improbable candidacy, describing how he would force allies to shoulder defense costs that the United States has borne for decades, cancel longstanding treaties he views as unfavorable, and redefine what it means to be a partner of the United States.
He even called into question whether, as president, he would automatically extend the security guarantees that give the 28 members of NATO the assurance that the full force of the United States military has their back.
For example, asked about Russia’s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are the most recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”
He added, “If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes.”
This is really a shocking statement that goes against decades of precedent, and it’s a signal to our allies that they can no longer count on the United States as a friend if Trump wins the Oval Office.
This enormous change in America’s foreign policy has a lot of conservatives wondering if they can support Trump if it means giving up the world to a despot like Putin.
What do you think? Is he just being politically incorrect or is this the worst signal you can give to your allies?