Thursday, April 28, 2016

America first: Trump urges security allies to pay "fair share" for U.S. defense

In a rare formal policy speech, Republican front-runner Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to put American security “above all else" if elected president, warning allies they would be left to defend themselves if they don’t “pay their fair share". He also called for an easing of tensions with Russia “from a position of strength, only".

“ ‘America first’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration," Mr Trump said in a 38-minute address at a Washington hotel.

Mr Trump – fresh off a sweep of five Northeastern primaries that pushed him closer to the Republican nomination – sought to expand on foreign policy views that have lacked detail and worried experts in both parties.

He spent much of his speech criticising president Barack Obama’s handling of crises in the Middle East, saying the current administration was leaving a legacy of “weakness, confusion and disarray".

“We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before," Mr Trump said. He singled out Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s handling of the deadly attacks on a US compound in Benghazi, Libya, and repeatedly linked the former secretary of state to what he sees as the failures of the Obama administration to show strength around the world...
 [AP/Kyodo News/]

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