Donald Trump supports Erdogan's handling of a coup attempt in Turkey
In comments made in an interview with The New York Times , US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said a NATO ally would not necessarily receive the backing of the US military in a crisis situation.
A NATO member would only receive help from the US military if they had fulfilled their commitments to the alliance, Trump said.
Other parts of the interview indicated that Trump would be willing to significantly lower the priority of US troop deployments. He mostly cited the costs of such deployments, indicating that the US was shouldering too much of the burden of keeping other countries safe and that America suffers in terms of trade losses as a result.
We are spending a fortune on military in order to lose $800 billion," Trump told the Times.
Trump also referred to America's role as a global influencer, saying America needed to focus on its own problems before lecturing other nations on how to handle theirs.
"When the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don't think we are a very good messenger," he said, referring specifically to whether or not the United States should weigh in on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's handling of a coup attempt in Turkey.
This is in line with Trump's 'America First' policy, which he said meant "we are going to take care of this country first before we worry about everyone else in the world."
Trump is set to deliver a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday after accepting the party's presidential nomination earlier this week. On Wednesday, Trump's vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivered a speech but was overshadowed by former presidential candidate Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump as the nominee. Cruz was booed off the stage in Cleveland, highlighting the deep divide in the Republican party over Trump as the presidential candidate.
Background on Trump from Katehon:
The nation-state, from the realist point of view, is the main actor in international relations. Why is the problem of immigration from Latin American countries is so important for Donald Trump and not for the other candidates? The reason is that immigration can really change the face and the identity of American society, the structural basis of American national state. His arguments may be awful, but Trump appears the only candidate (except Rand Paul), who defends the vision of the US as a nation-state, and this is an entirely realist perspective.
For both globalist bosses, neo-conservative and liberal alike, American people are only a tool to achieve their global goals, the identity and ethnic composition of the country means nothing for them. Their America is not a particular nation-state with its own traditions, identity, history, but rather the core of the global transnational system.