On Saturday, Donald Trump on questioned the protective relationship of US with Saudi Arabia and again accused US allies of not dragging their weight in NATO military coalition despite rising cross-party pressure on Donald Trump to soften his tone.
Trump told a campaign rally in Racine, Wisconsin that the allies in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) “aren’t paying their fair share” & called the 28-nation alliance “obsolete.”
“Either they pay up, including for the past deficiencies, or they’ve to get out. And if it breaks up NATO, it breaks up NATO,” said Trump.
Donald Trump in recent weeks has frequently criticized NATO as race for Republican nomination for the November 8 election heated up.
He also expressed his concerns over US’s relationship with the oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which Donald Trump accused of not pitching in fair pay for United States defense.
“We take care of Saudi Arabia. Now nobody is going to mess with Saudi Arabia because we are watching them,” said Trump.
“They are not paying us a fair price. We are losing our shirt,” he added.
Obama on Friday cast doubt on Trump’s fitness for office after he refused to rule out exhausting nuclear weapons in Europe & said that South Korea and Japan might need the nuclear arms.
“The person who made the statements does not know much about the foreign policy or the nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula, or the world generally,” said Obama, cautioning that world is closely watching the election rhetoric.
“I have said before that people pay attention to American elections. What we do is really important to the rest of the world,” Obama added.
The remarks of Donald Trump on NATO sent ripples through the Republican Party that has traditionally endorsed a muscular foreign policy.
Tuesday could be a turning point in the race of Republican nomination, when Wisconsin hosts its nominating contest. Donald Trump trails his leading rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in Upper Midwestern state.
A Ted Cruz win would make it harder for Donald Trump to reach 1,237 delegates that are needed to secure nomination before Republican national convention in the month of July. The winner will get a right to claim all the 42 delegates of Wisconsin.