Don­ald Trump wants us­ing NATO in IS fight

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON—Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump said Fri­day that if elected pres­i­dent Nov. 8 he would be open to draw­ing NATO forces into the fight against IS mil­i­tants in a new mis­sion for an al­liance he has called ob­so­lete.

Trump made the com­ments in an in­ter­view with ABC News. The pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee has for months raised ques­tions about the money the United States pours into NATO, which he says needs to be re­con­fig­ured to take ac­count of today’s threats.

“I like the idea of us­ing NATO and also neigh­bors that aren’t in NATO and take them out. You gotta take them out,” Trump said.

Un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the United States has re­lied heav­ily on U.S. airstrikes to at­tack IS tar­gets in Syria and Iraq. Repub­li­cans have crit­i­cized this pol­icy as not enough to stop the mil­i­tants.

Trump said the idea of us­ing the Cold War-era al­liance would be to ease the load on Amer­i­can forces.—Agen­cies

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