Pak­istan a prob­lem for US be­cause they have nu­clear weapons, says Trump

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner Don­ald Trump on Tues­day said that amongst all the pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls only he can solve the prob­lem of "rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism".

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with CNN an­chor An­der­son Cooper, Trump termed Pak­istan "a vi­tal prob­lem" for the United States (US) "be­cause they have a thing called nu­clear weapons, adding, "They have to get a bet­ter hold of the situation".

Ex­plain­ing his 'I alone can solve' tweet af­ter Sun­day's La­hore blast which killed at least 74 peo­ple, Trump said: "When I see they [the at­tack­ers] put [the bomb] in a park and there were mostly Chris­tians al­though many oth­ers were killed...I think it is ab­so­lutely a hor­ri­ble story," said Trump. "But I am talk­ing about rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism. I will solve it bet­ter than any­one else run­ning," he claimed.

The at­tack was con­demned by politi­cians and celebri­ties around the world, who took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press sor­row and anger over the tragedy. When ques­tioned about nu­clear se­cu­rity and Amer­i­can de­fence pol­icy, the bil­lion­aire said that al­though the US has tra­di­tion­ally pro­vided mil­i­tary sup­port to Saudi Ara­bia, Ja­pan, Ger­many and South Korea, it may be time to change the ex­ist­ing pol­icy.

Trump was of the opinion that sup­port of these coun­tries had re­sulted in a bud­get deficit for the US, so they should start pro­tect­ing them­selves.

"Saudi Ara­bia makes $1 bil­lion a day. We sup­port them mil­i­tar­ily and they pay us a frac­tion of what they should be pay­ing us, of the cost," he said, adding that the US is "bet­ter off" if they stop spend­ing money on the de­fence of other coun­tries.

"They [sup­ported coun­tries] should pro­tect them­selves or they should pay us," he said.

"Our mil­i­tary ex­pen­di­ture isn't just on our­selves. We're pro­tect­ing all these na­tions all over the world. We can't af­ford to do it any­more."

"We are bet­ter off if Ja­pan pro­tects it­self against this ma­niac in North Korea," he said, re­fer­ring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Wouldn't you rather let Ja­pan have nu­clear weapons when North Korea is hav­ing them? We don't want to pull the trig­ger... No­body is afraid of our pres­i­dent," he said.

Al­though it has been "in US pol­icy for decades to pre­vent Ja­pan get­ting nu­clear weapons", ac­cord­ing to An­der­son Cooper, Trump said, "Maybe it's go­ing to have to be time to change."

When ques­tioned about the im­pli­ca­tions of such a sug­ges­tion, Trump said nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion "is go­ing to hap­pen any­way, it's just a mat­ter of time". Al­ter­na­tively, he sug­gested, it may be time to "get rid of them en­tirely". "The only global warm­ing I'm wor­ried about is nu­clear global warm­ing."

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