Donald Trump called the NATO alliance “obsolete,” as he accused US allies of “not paying their fair share.” The Republican front-runner was speaking at a rally in Racine, Wisconsin.
Trump said he would not mind if the 28-nation alliance in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation broke up. He demanded that the NATO allies must “pay up, including for past deficiencies.”
A number of major European countries are NATO members, including France, Germany and Hungary. Other member countries include Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom.
This is not the first time the GOP presidential candidate criticised NATO allies. He is often known for slamming NATO members.
On Saturday, he targeted the relation between Saudi Arabia and the United States. According to him, nobody is going to “mess with” the gulf nation as Washington is “watching them.” He said Saudi Arabia was not paying a fair price for US defence.
Trump, who has been quite likely to win the GOP nomination for the race to the White House, needs to win Wisconsin on Tuesday. If the 69-year-old fails to beat Texas Senator Ted Cruz, it will be difficult for him to get 1,237 delegates. That many delegates are required for a candidate to secure nomination before the GOP convention in July, Reuters notes. Wisconsin offers 42 delegates to the winner of the contest there.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has been using strong rhetoric against Trump and his policies. He has used adjectives like toxic, grotesque and reprehensible to describe the billionaire’s campaign.
“The Trump campaign for months now has had a dustbin-of-history-like quality to it,” CNN quotes Earnest. “The question now is about the rest of the Republican Party and whether or not they’re going to be dragged into the dustbin of history with him.”
US President Barack Obama earlier slammed Trump over his rhetoric on the US foreign policy, as he warned that the world was watching the US election closely.