Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Trump thinks NATO is just an income stream for the U.S.

Trump's latest comments on NATO show pretty clearly that he does not know what NATO is:
On Monday night, however, Trump offered an even more explicit ultimatum to NATO allies.
"I want them to pay," he said. "They don’t pay us what they should be paying! We lose on everything. Folks, we lose on everything."

He went on to criticize former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's foreign policy record: "She makes it impossible to negotiate. She’s not a negotiator. She’s a fool.”

"We have to walk," Trump added. "Within two days they're calling back! Get back over here, we’ll pay you whatever the hell you want."
I guess Trump thinks that NATO is an arrangement in which foreign allies pay the U.S. for the privilege of being a member, rather than being an alliance countries who each commit to defend the other in the event of an attack. There are no NATO dues. NATO members don't owe the U.S. any money because they are members of the alliance. His entire statement is completely incoherent if you have even the most basic notion of what NATO is.

Doesn't know what NATO is, doesn't have any advisers who are able to point out his error, doesn't have a media that is willing to call out his incredible ignorance for what it is.