Donald Trump wants using NATO in IS fight
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