In an interview with Bloomberg, Donald Trump said he will not rule out the use of nuclear weapons against ISIS, although it would be a “last resort”.
“I’m never going to rule anything out—I wouldn’t want to say.” Trump responded when asked if the use of nuclear capabilities was brought up.
“Even if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t want to tell you that because at a minimum, I want them to think maybe we would use them.” the GOP frontrunner stated.
“We need unpredictability. We don’t know who these people are. The fact is, we need unpredictability and when you ask a question like that, it’s a very sad thing to have to answer it.” the billionaire candidate acknowledged.
“The enemy is watching and I have a very good chance of winning and I frankly don’t want the enemy to know how I’m thinking.” Trump continued.
“But with that being said, I don’t rule out anything.” he repeated.
Referring to the Muslim world, Trump outlined that a major problem is a lack of respect for Western principles.
“They have to respect us. They do not respect us at all and frankly they don’t respect a lot of things that are happening—not only our country, but they don’t respect other things.” Trump said.
“The first thing you have to do is get them to respect the West and respect us. And if they’re not going to respect us it’s never going to work. This has been going on for a long time. I don’t think you can do anything and I don’t think you’re going to be successful unless they respect you. They have no respect for our president and they have no respect for our country right now.” Trump declared.
The Donald also weighed in on the NYPD’s mosque surveillance program, adding to rhetoric promulgated by his sole remaining GOP rival Ted Cruz, who has said he supports monitoring radical Islamists in the US.
“They ended it for no reason.” Trump said. “We should bring it back…. I’d expand our laws so that we could do certain things. We’re not playing on the same field. They have no laws. They have absolutely no laws. They kill people and they don’t talk about it. They don’t worry about the law. We do something that’s a little bit harsh and that particular soldier or general or whoever it may be loses pension and loses his life. We’re not playing by the same rules. They’re playing dirty stuff. And we’re not playing that way.”
Trump also declared that he sees NATO as a spent force.
“I think NATO may be obsolete. NATO was set up a long time ago, many, many years ago. Things are different now, we’re paying too much. As to whether or not it’s obsolete, I won’t make that determination.”