Haley on Trump’s NATO remarks: ‘Don’t take the side of a thug’

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley warned on Sunday that former President Trump would “encourage” NATO allies to “do whatever they want” to countries where Russia is “misbehaving”. In response, he warned people not to “side with thugs.”

CBS “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan was asked if she would abide by the policy. NATO premise An attack on one is an attack on all, said Haley, a former U.N. ambassador in the Trump administration. NATO has been successful over the past 75 years. ”

Haley was responding to President Trump’s comments at a Saturday rally in South Carolina, where she was asked by an unidentified foreign leader about threatening not to defend member states that do not meet alliance defense spending targets. I told the story of the time.

Trump said he told leaders he would “encourage” Russia to do whatever it wanted, and recalled saying, “You didn’t pay?” you are a delinquent. No, I won’t protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever they want to do. Must be paid. you have to pay the bill. ”

Haley on Sunday warned the United States not to “side with the thugs,” a likely reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“But the thing that bothers me about this is, you can’t stand by thugs who murder their opponents. They invade and invade a country and blame Putin for half a million people killed and injured. Don’t stand by someone who did. Don’t stand by someone who continues to lie,” she continued, later pointing to her experience working with Russia.

“After September 10th, we needed a lot of friends, and we will never be in a situation where we don’t need friends. Now we want our NATO allies to make a strong commitment. “But there are ways to make that happen without sitting there and telling Russia, ‘Do what these countries want,'” she later added in reference to the 9/11 attacks.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg echoed President Trump’s comments on Sunday, saying, “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines our overall security, including the United States, and endangers American and European soldiers.” It will be exposed,” he wrote.

Haley, Trump’s main Republican presidential challenger, has repeatedly criticized Trump during the campaign for his apparent friendliness to foreign dictators.

Nationally, Trump has a 60-point lead over Haley, while the former president has a 32-point lead in Haley’s home state of South Carolina, according to national polling indices from The Hill and Decision Desk.

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