Trump: I Don’t Want WWIII with Russia

As Donald Trump solidifies his core group of foreign policy advisors a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of what the United States' role in world affairs might look like under a Trump presidency.

In what on the surface sounds like a more isolationist world view than recent Republican leaders, Trump describes the United States' unfair levels of military and economic contributions around the globe.

Focusing on the situation in Ukraine, where Washington and Brussels have blamed Russia for the country's civil war, Trump asked why the countries more directly affected aren't doing more to try and resolve the conflict.

“Ukraine is a country that affects us far less than it affects other countries in NATO, and yet we are doing all of the lifting, they're not doing anything. Why is it that Germany is not dealing with NATO on Ukraine?…Why are we always the one that's leading, potentially the third world war, okay, with Russia?”

Trump's Comments on US Role in NATO Show Alliance in Crisis
More broadly, the Republican frontrunner questioned the economic logic behind Washington's military commitments across the globe. “NATO is costing us a fortune and yes, we're protecting Europe, but we're spending a lot of money.”

The same, he said, is true of US involvement in Korea. “South Korea is [a] very rich, great industrial country, and yet we're not reimbursed fairly for what we do. We're constantly sending our ships, sending our planes, doing our war games –we're reimbursed a fraction of what this is all costing.”

Worldwide, Trump suggested, “if you look at Germany, if you look at Saudi Arabia, if you look at Japan, if you look at South Korea – I mean we spend billions of dollars on Saudi Arabia, and they have nothing but money. And I say, why?…When you look at the kind of money that our country is losing, we can't afford to do this. Certainly we can't afford to do it anymore.”

Many question whether Trump's foreign policy would actually be so noninterventionist, or would more closely represent the more neo-conservative blueprint followed by Republicans such as George W Bush, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and others.

We may not know unless Trump becomes president what some of his policy would truly be, but it's clear that he believes if we want to make America great again we need to start at home.

Source: Sputnik News



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