Donald Trump wants US allies to ante up if they want to continue under the “cloak of American protection,” according to his first detailed comments on his foreign-policy platform.
“We’re not being reimbursed for the kind of tremendous service that we’re performing by protecting various countries,” the Republican front-runner was quoted as saying.
Trump said he would boycott oil from Saudi Arabia and other allies unless they provide troops or funds to fight ISIS.
“If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection . . . I don’t think it would be around,” he told The New York Times.
Trump is open to removing US forces from Japan and South Korea if they did not take on the cost of housing and feeding troops on American bases there, the report said.
He argued that it is getting expensive to keep “defending the world.”
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Odd Mixture of Libertarian Concerns With Real World Foreign Policy
Back when I was active in the Libertarian Party, the platform supported withdrawing our forces from our allies because our defense spending was so large that it allowed them to engage in their welfare state delusions. It is likely true that Idaho taxpayers pay more to defend many European countries than they do. But withdrawal has its own problems. Trump has an interesting combination described in 3/26/16 N.Y. Post: