Appearing on Fox News after the attack in Brussels, presidential candidate Ted Cruz blamed Trump’s stand on NATO for the tragic terror event.
“It is striking,” Cruz said, “on the day after Donald Trump called for America weakening NATO, withdrawing from NATO we see Brussels, where NATO is headquartered, the subject of a radical Islamic terrorist attack.”
The Texas Senator said abandoning NATO will “hand Putin a major victory” and also “hand ISIS a major victory.”
Trump said the United States can no longer afford NATO.
“NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money,” he argued.
— CNN (@CNN) March 21, 2016
On Monday Trump spelled out his foreign policy objectives. He questioned the need for NATO and said America should pursue a non-interventionist foreign policy.
Trump went on to tell the American Israel Public Affairs Committee the United States needs a light footprint in the world, especially in the Middle East.
The Republican frontrunner said the nation needs to turn inward and direct its resources toward rebuilding domestic infrastructure. He said “our country is disintegrating, large sections of it, especially the inner cities.”
“I do think it’s a different world today, and I don’t think we should be nation-building anymore,” Trump said. “I think it’s proven not to work, and we have a different country than we did then. We have $19 trillion in debt. We’re sitting, probably, on a bubble. And it’s a bubble that if it breaks, it’s going to be very nasty. I just think we have to rebuild our country.”
The United States by far pays the largest chunk of NATO’s budget. In 2014 the expense was estimated to be $582.4 billion, while Germany anted up $44.30 billion for its own security and France $40.90 billion.
This is big: Trump said U.S. should rethink its participation in NATO, believes it wastes resources https://t.co/LEFfI4QKgM
— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 21, 2016
— Fortune (@FortuneMagazine) March 22, 2016