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Trump Threatens To Ignore NATO Treaty Unless Countries Pay Money

November 19, 2019


DONALD TRUMP, THANKS TO HIS
RECENT INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES, HAS LEFT MANY
WONDERING WHAT THE FUTURE OF NATO WOULD BE IF HE WERE
ACTUALLY TO BECOME PRESIDENT. AND THE REASON IS THE RESPONSE
TO A COUPLE OF THE QUESTIONS HAVING TO DO WITH RUSSIA. THIS
QUESTION WAS ASKED TO DONALD TRUMP, IF RUSSIA CAME OVER THE
BORDER INTO ESTONIA OR LATVIA, LITHUANIA, PLACES AMERICANS
DON’T THINK OFTEN ABOUT, WOULD YOU COME TO THEIR IMMEDIATE
MILITARY AID? THAT IS SUPPOSED TO GET HIM TO SIMPLY AGREE WITH
OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER NATO OF COLLECTIVE DEFENSE. HE SAID, I
DON’T WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT I’D DO BECAUSE I DON’T WANT PUTIN TO
KNOW WHAT I DO. I HAVE A SERIOUS CHANCE OF BECOMING PRESIDENT AND
I’M NOT LIKE OBAMA, THAT EVERY TIME THEY SEND TROOPS ANYWHERE
HE HAS A NEWS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE IT. THE INTERVIEWER’S
RESPONSE, THEY ARE NATO MEMBERS AND WE ARE TREATY OBLIGATED.
TRUMP JUMPS ON TOP OF THAT TO SAY WE HAVE MANY NEIGHBORS WHO
AREN’T PAYING THEIR BILLS. TRUMP SAYS, YOU CAN’T FORGET THE
BILLS, THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE PAYMENTS. THEY GO ON TO
TALK ABOUT IT MORE, AND TRUMP STICKS WITH THAT SAME MESSAGE,
THAT THEY HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO PAY, HE FEELS THEY ARE NOT
PAYING ENOUGH, AND BECAUSE OF THAT THE ASSURANCES WE’VE HAD IN
PLACE FOR MULTIPLE DECADES THAT IF ANY MEMBER OF NATO IS
ATTACKED BY AN OUTSIDE FORCE WHETHER IT IS RUSSIA OR ANY
OTHER, THAT YOU WILL THEN HAVE TO FIGHT ALL OF NATO TOGETHER,
IS NOW GONE. THERE IS NO LEGAL OBLIGATION TO ASSIST IN THE
DEFENSE, IT IS SIMPLY THE ASSURANCE PROVIDED BY THE STATES
THAT THEY WILL DEFEND THE OTHERS. AND UNDER TRUMP THAT WILL NOW BE
IN QUESTION. THIS IS HOW SMALL MINDS THINK.
THIS IS WHAT EVERY PRESIDENT WHO HAS NEVER HAD A PLAN SAYS,
WHETHER THEY ARE A CANDIDATE OR A SITTING PRESIDENT — I HAVE A
SECRET PLAN. WAIT A MINUTE, WE ARE TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER WE
SHOULD PICK YOU AS PRESIDENT OR NOT. IF YOUR PLAN IS SECRET —
AND LET’S SAY HILLARY CLINTON ALSO HAS A SECRET PLAN — HOW DO
WE KNOW WHICH ONE IS BETTER? WHAT A PREPOSTEROUS THING TO SAY
IN A DEMOCRACY. AND TO SAY, BUT, I’VE LAID OUT A PLAN TO DEFEAT
ISIS, IT INVOLVES SPECIAL FORCES, BETTER INTELLIGENCE —
IF YOU DO THAT PLAN IT IS NOT LIKE ISIS SAYS, OH, THEY ARE
GOING TO USE SPECIAL FORCES? OF COURSE WE ARE, THAT IS NOT A
SURPRISE TO THEM. IT IS WHAT A PERSON WHO DOESN’T HAVE A PLAN
HIDES BEHIND. THEY LITERALLY MADE THAT JOKE
ON THE OFFICE WHEN THEY WERE ABOUT TO HIRE A NEW MANAGER.
WOULD DONALD TRUMP HIRE A MANAGER WHO, WHEN HE ASKED WHAT
WOULD YOU CHANGE IN THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION, THE GUY SAID I
DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW, I DON’T WANT THE EMPLOYEES TO PREPARE
FOR IT, IT IS A SECRET PLAN? WOULD THAT GUY GET A
SECOND INTERVIEW? NO, HE WOULD BE OUT THE DOOR. MICHAEL ISIKOFF WAS ON A
COUPLE OF OUR SHOWS ON MONDAY, AND TALKING TO HIM EARLIER
TODAY, HE RUNS THE INVESTIGATIVE UNIT AT YAHOO! NEWS — AND THE
STORY HE BROKE ON MONDAY, THIS IS PART OF THAT STORY. IT IS BY
FAR, BY A LANDSLIDE, THE BIGGEST STORY AT THIS CONVENTION. REALLY
THE ONLY PIECE OF ACTUAL NEWS AT THIS CONVENTION — THERE IS THE
POLITICS OF THEATER AND THE THEATER OF POLITICS, THAT IS
INTERESTING AND WORTH REPORTING, BUT HE TALKED ABOUT THE TIES
THAT PAUL MANAFORT HAS TO BE PRO-RUSSIAN UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT
NAMED — MICHAEL MEDVEDEV? THE OTHER ONE. AND THE TIES
THAT LIEUTENANT GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN HAD, AND HE WAS PAID TO GO
TO RUSSIA, HE HAS BECOME ONE OF TRUMP’S TOP FOREIGN POLICY
ADVISERS, AND HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER. AND NOW TRUMP, WITH THE
SECOND ROUND OF SAYING THAT HE LIKED AND ADMIRED VLADIMIR
PUTIN, WHO LOCKS PRISONERS AND OPPONENTS UP, A WILDLY ANTI-GAY
AGENDA, MUCH MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE DISTURBING ANTI-GAY AGENDA
IN THE UNITED STATES, AND TRUMP KEEPS STANDING UP FOR HIM. AND
HERE TRUMP IS ESSENTIALLY, BY SIGNALING TO VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT
WE MIGHT NOT BACK UP OUR NATO ALLIES, INCLUDING ESTONIA, WHO
RESPONDED WITHIN — INSTANTLY THE ESTONIAN PRESIDENT WAS LIKE,
WE’VE PAID IN FULL, ONE OF FIVE NATO MEMBERS THAT HAS PAID OUR
2%. BECAUSE NEWT GINGRICH DESCRIBED ESTONIA AS BEING A
SUBURB OF ST. PETERSBURG. IT IS 230 MILES AWAY, THE CAPITAL OF
ESTONIA. BUT HE IS TELLING UNQUESTIONABLY — EVERY FOREIGN
POLICY EXPERT IN THE COUNTRY WILL SAY VLADIMIR PUTIN IS
PAYING ATTENTION. AND IF HE THINKS HE CAN RAMBLE INTO
ESTONIA WITH NO OPPOSITION, VLADIMIR PUTIN WILL. SAID BETTER THAN I JUST SAID
IT, HILLARY CLINTON PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE HAMMERING ñ THEY ARE ñ BUT I MEAN, PRO-PUTIN TRUMP. AND PRO-TRUMP PUTIN. IS IT A GOOD THING THAT PUTIN
LIKES ONE CANDIDATE A WHOLE LOT? IT’S NOT JUST VLADIMIR PUTIN,
IT’S ALSO KIM JONG-IL ñ KIM JONG-UN. AND DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN SAYING
GOOD THINGS ABOUT ERDOGAN, AFTER THE COUP. AND HE SAID THAT HE WANTS TO
JOIN WITH ERDOGAN TO FIGHT ISIS, BUT ERDOGAN HAS BEEN WORKING
WITH ISISÖ ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY? HE KNOWS ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT
DOMESTIC POLICY, WHICH IS WHY HE WANTED JOHN KASICH TO BE
HIS VP AND TAKE OVER BOTH OF THOSE THINGS. HE DOESN’T REALLY WANT TO BE
PRESIDENT, HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY POLICY IDEAS. IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS BUT I THINK
WE HAVE TO BREAK IT DOWN AND MAKE IT CLEAR WHY THIS IS SO
HORRIFYING. NATO WAS SET UP TO PROVIDE
ASSURANCE OF LIKELY OUTCOMES IF CERTAIN THINGS HAPPENED IN
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS. IF YOU SIMPLY HAD ñ
OKAY, EVERYBODY SAYS UP UNTIL DONALD TRUMP, IF YOU ATTACK
ESTONIA, LITHUANIA, ETC., WE WILL FIGHT YOU, AND PUTIN
KNOWS THAT SO HE DOESN’T AND WE HAVE NO WAR. IF WE DIDN’T, AND WE HAD NO
CLEAR CONNECTION WITH THEM, HE COULD TAKE THEM OVER, THE
SORT OF CONQUEST HE HAS ALREADY DONE, AND THAT WOULD BE
THAT. BUT TO INDICATE THAT WE WON’T
DEFEND IT POSSIBLY, AND HE HAS TO TEST US, THAT IS HOW YOU
GET A WAR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND RUSSIA, BECAUSE WE WILL IN
THE END DEFEND THESE COUNTRIES. BUT IF HE MOVES IN, TAKES SOME
TERRITORY, BUILD UP HIS OWN FORCES, AND THEY HAVE TO BUILD
UP THEIR OWN FORCES SEPARATE FROM NATO, THAT’S THE START ñ
THAT’S THE SORT OF ESCALATION ON EACH SIDE THAT IS LED TO THE
WORLD WARS WE HAVE HAD. NATO PROVIDES ASSURANCES TO
CERTAIN LEADERS THAT THERE ARE LINES YOU CANNOT CROSS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE
CHANGES IN THE RUSSIAN MILITARY OVER THE LAST TWO OR THREE
DECADES, WHEN THERE CONVENTIONAL ñ THEIR FORMER CONVENTIONAL
FORCES HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO DEGRADE, THEY HAVE MADE IT CLEAR
IN THEIR DOCUMENTS THAT THE USE OF NUCLEAR ARSENAL IS NOT A
LAST OPTION. BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE
CONVENTIONAL FORCES NECESSARY TO GO UP AGAINST NATO OR THE U.S.,
IF WE GET INTO WHAT WITH THEM, THEY ARE MUCH CLOSER THAN THEY
WERE IN THE ACTUAL COLD WAR TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND THAT IS WHAT ñ DONALD TRUMP
IS CASUALLY JOKING ABOUT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO GET 1 MILLION OR TWO
MORE DOLLARS ñ 1 MILLION OR 2 MILLION MORE FROM LITHUANIA. MY CONCERN IS NOT THAT HE WANTS
ONE OR TWO MORE MILLION DOLLARS FROM LITHUANIA FOR NATO FORCES,
MY CONCERNS WITH THE TIES WITH MANAFORT AND NOW MICHAEL FLYNN
AND OTHERS, THAT THERE IS SOME VERY RICH RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS,
INCLUDING PUTIN. TRUMP, REMEMBER, GOT INTO THIS
POLITICAL SPHERE IN THE FIRST PLACE TO MAKE MONEY, BECAUSE
HE’S IN THE ATTENTION BUSINESS. SO THE MORE ATTENTION HE GETS,
THE MORE HE CAN SELL HIS NAME FOR. HE’S AN INCOMPETENT BUSINESSMAN,
HE HAS BANKRUPTED FOR COMPANIES. THE ONLY THING HE HAS LEFT IS
THAT HE SELLS HIS NAME TO OTHER PEOPLE THAT CAN ACTUALLY
BUILD BUILDINGS, AND THAT’S WHAT HE DOES. THAT HE HAS BEEN ON SCRUPULOUS
IN EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE, INCLUDING FOR EXAMPLE I
INVENTORY IS A SCAM LIKE TRUMP UNIVERSITY. YOU THINK THAT GUY IS ABOVE
MAKING A DEAL WITH SOME INCREDIBLY RICH PEOPLE IN
RUSSIA? I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE CONTOURS
OF THAT ARE, AND I DON’T KNOW IF HE IS SETTING UP FOR
THAT. I DOUBT THAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE
IT, BUT THAT’S THE KIND OF THINGS THAT GO THROUGH DONALD
TRUMP’S HEAD, BECAUSE HE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT AMERICA, HE
CARES ABOUT DONALD TRUMP. AND HE THINKS, MAYBE AT THE END
OF THIS I CAN FIND A WAY TO MAKE MORE MONEY FOR MYSELF. IT’S NOT JUST HYPERBOLE. THESE ARE SERIOUS ISSUES THAT
WOULD MAKE IT POTENTIALLY VERY DIFFICULT FOR WOMEN IN POOR
STATES TO GET THE PROPER PRENATAL CARE, TO SAY NOTHING
ABOUT BEING ABLE TO GET A LEGAL AND SAFE ABORTION. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT POTENTIAL
RAPID DESTABILIZATION OF THE ENTIRE WESTERN WORLD. ONE LAST THING, I GOT TO DOUBLE
DOWN ON WHAT BEN AND JOHN ARE SAYING. THAT’S WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I
SAY THE GUY IS A DANGER TO THE REPUBLIC. HE DOESN’T RESPECT THE RULE OF
LAW, HE DOESN’T RESPECT THE PRESS OR OUR CONSTITUTION, BUT
HE’S ALSO A DANGER TO THE WORLD. IF HE SAYS, GO AHEAD RUSSIA TAKE
ESTONIA ñ THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT, WHEN NEWT GINGRICH COMES OUT AND
SAYS IT’S A SUBURB OF ST. PETERSBURG, NO MESSAGES EVER
BEEN CLEARER. THAT IS AN OPEN CALL FOR
AGGRESSION, AND THEN TO POSSIBLE DEVOLVING THE SITUATION
THAT JOHN LAID OUT, AND THAT IS A DANGER TO US ALL. WE CANNOT HAVE THIS MADMAN RUN
THE COUNTRY. AND FROM NEWT GINGRICH,
REAGANITE REPUBLICAN. TO ENCOURAGE AND OBVIOUSLY
AGGRESSIVE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT TO HAVE AT IT WITH
THOSE REPUBLICS. ALSO, A MUCH SMALLER
CRITICISM OF DONALD TRUMP, HE ñ LOOK, I WAS TALKING TO CJ ONLINE
ABOUT WHETHER HE KNOWS AS MUCH AS A FIRST-YEAR INTERNATIONAL
RELATIONS AND STUDENTS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS
AND WHY THEY MATTER. AND I’M BASICALLY A THIRD-YEAR
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS STUDENT. HE HAS NO IDEA WHY WE SET THESE
THINGS UP. HE SAYS, THEY ARE NOT PAYING
ENOUGH. 1ST OF ALL, AS IF THEY WOULD PAY
US DIRECTLY, WHICH ISN’T EVEN HOW IT WORKS. BUT JUST HAVING THE PEACE, THE
RETURN ON THAT INVESTMENT IS PROBABLY INCALCULABLE. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE STABLE
MARKETS IN EUROPE AND THAT REGION THAT WE CAN BENEFIT FROM. HE THINKS LITERALLY JUST THE
DOLLARS SPENT ON DEFENSE, BUT THAT IS HOW YOU CALCULATE THE
VALUE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND STABILITY. THE BUTT THAT TROUBLES ME THE
MOST IS NOT ONLY WHAT HE WANTS TO DO OR WHAT HE WOULD DO,
BUT HOW HE SELLS IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND HE SELLS IT
WITH, HEY YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO STOP, YOU KNOW, FOCUSING
ON OTHER COUNTRIES AND WE FOCUS ON OUR COUNTRY. IT’S ALL ABOUT US. HE’S QUOTED AS SAYING THAT AND
IT RESONATES WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE. THEY ARE ANGRY, THEY KNOW WE
HAVE BEEN AT WAR FOR DECADES NOW, SO WHEN THEY HEAR
HE WANTS TO DISBAND NATO OR DOESN’T WANT TO PROTECT CERTAIN
COUNTRIES THAT ARE PART OF NATO, PEOPLE WHO WILL VOTE FOR ñ
PEOPLE WHO VOTE FOR HIM ARE LIKE, WHY ARE WE SUPPORTING
THEM? WHY ARE WE WASTING OUR TIME
WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WE CAN FOCUS ON OUR OWN COUNTRY?

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  1. Ben is totally correct on this, I a random person online have defended Trump before but not honoring NATO obligations? That's dangerous.

  2. Four fools talking big about "international affairs." Keeping the Pax Americana around the world is all what really matters to you, the "World's policeman" policy so onerous to us American citizens, spending as much as possible in countries that do not need to be defended instead of investing in the crumbling national highway system, schools, jobs and whatnot. If there's somebody threatening a Third World War is trigger-happy NATO scumbags who not only seem to have an unlimited budget to get themselves the many expensive toys coming from war profiteers, they also have useful idiots like you to parrot 24/7 about "Russian oligarchs" ready to destabilize world's peace. You're only fooling yourselves with this obviously anti-Trump, pro-Clinton rant. I'm gonna have to check my YouTube subscriptions after all.

  3. Good to know. Are we going to sign NATO checks and give them directly to China and Saudi Arabia? After all, we have an obligation to pay our bills.

  4. big picture is no one's going to trust USA to keep agreements. Trump will forfeit our place as one of the world's leaders.

  5. The money they have to pay and have not been paying is the 2% all NATO allies are supposed to allocate to their own military not us. Now that their military is too weak to defend themselves due to under funding they expect us to send our equipment and our boys to die for them for free. Screw them! Make them spend 2% or more to strengthen their military like they should have been doing in the first place.

  6. If a NATO member isn't paying its fair share on defense as required by NATO treaties, then isn't it them that is breaking their treaty obligations?

  7. Screw the Europeans, let them pay through their teeth if they want American protection. We can hold our own against anybody in the world, if the Europeans can't, then that's their problem – unless they're willing to pay their way to make it our problem.

  8. NATO is a relic of the Cold War, created to oppose the USSR which is long gone. Let's move on now. WHY is NATO installing missiles near Russia? NATO is aggressive. Who is the enemy? If you ask me, it's NATO. … DISBAND!

  9. why should we finance the security of countries that don't live up to their obligations ? Trump ! Trump ! Trump !

  10. Iadarola either doesn't understand the subject, or he is not paying attention. One problem is that some NATO members do not bother to maintain truly battleworthy armed forces, or to honestly contribute to the NATO collective effort. As the result, the US taxpayer has to pick up the tab. But failing to carry their weight is only one problem; another one is that some members will do very llittle to help defend the US, if such need were to arise. During the Afghan war the US stationed up to 100,000 troops in the country; the UK and a handful of other countries had several thousand soldiers on the mission, but the bulk of the members only sent in a handful of soldiers. Robert Gates criticized NATO for this years before Trump. Earlier, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, which are an overseas British territory. I cannot remember anyone helping the UK, although there is probably a legal excuse to this, because the Falklands aren't really in the North Atlantic.

    Still earlier, there was a military conflict between Turkey and Greece in 1974, resulting in Turkey invading Cyprus and occupying a large chunk of the island. Thousands of people died, and probably hundreds of thousands were displaced. Guess what other NATO members did: nothing, even thought Cypress is in the Med, which is Europe's own backyard.

    Therefore I think that Mr. Trump is correct on this one.

  11. Turkey supporting ISIS? When? How?. There have been several Terrorist attacks in Turkey in recent weeks…

  12. The best way for Estonia to be independent is to leave NATO and form a military alliance with Russia. There is no way Russia will attack its ally. For example – Belarus is safe from Russia cause it is Russia's best ally. Its like USA will never attack Canada or Great Britain.
    Now Russia has no plans of invading Estonia, but Estonia being in NATO (and by this bringing NATO to the outskirts of Russians's second capital – St. Petersburg) is irritating Russians, cause Russia consider NATO as a threat.

  13. That's the first thing I thought when I heard this story- that Trump was letting Putin know that he may not defend Estonia, Lithuania…Trump is so so dangerous

  14. so basically if members of NATO owe money to the US, and get invaded, this idiot would used the US armed forces like mercenaries for hire? and like his own personal police force? ahh doesn't the last part never end well when it's used historically

  15. You wimps are so afraid of war you just give up before it even starts. Oh we wont fight so you can just come and erase our culture and take everything we have. What sad excuses for humans. Yes we need to be peaceful and kind but nature also calls for us to stand and fight when needed. Listen to these assholes worry about other countries, if you are so worried move there.

  16. If you say Russia will launch nuclear weapons on America, you are trying to fear monger the issue and I cannot take what is said seriously. Putin is smart. He would not want to have "started the end of civilized world" on his legacy. And he knows if America is here, Putin knows he would have SOOO many countries he would have to war with which will drown them in debt. It will not happen. Stop acting like Fox News that you claim to hate so much and use reason please.

  17. you all know there are preset rules on how much GDP should go to the military right?
    Pretty much not a single country makes that quota so it really isn't all that strange to say

  18. Trump said he would use nukes in Europe. What better way to let his buddy Putin run wild than for Trump to wreak NATO.

  19. Someone needs to sit down with Trump and explain to him, in words of one syllable, what the consequences of certain actions would be, both foreign and domestic. I am convinced he genuinely has no idea (or understanding) of what the fallout would be to any of his (mostly insane and/or inane) proposals: let's face it — he is not the brightest bulb on the shelf! My guess is that, growing up, he played a lot of Monopoly but couldn't get his mind around Chess!

  20. To be honest i will do to. if you dont pay bills to the NATO as a country and you can do it. Not if you cant thats differnt but if you can why should i then help you?

  21. I'm interested in where John is getting that IR degree. The explanation he gave for the peace that emerged in Europe post WWII is a realist explanation.

  22. now Democrats are pro war lol. if trump declared drugs were bad they say how great Crack and heroine was for the economy lmao

  23. How about this? The day Trump enters office, he will legally BE a dictator. He doesn't have to change a thing. Legally he can order American citizens tortured or killed. He can arrest people and say that no evidence or even charge is required. He will be head of the greatest spy network in the world, one that Hillary has already been privy to.

  24. See, this is how unbelievably, dangerously stupid Donald Trump is. He doesnt see why it may possibly be beneficial to keep places like Russia from just walking around claiming up territory. No, in order for it to be of value to the U.S. to stop Russia from amassing an empire these nations need to pay America money. Otherwise? Not interested… What an idiot.

  25. @3:50 You said Trump admires Putin that locks prisoners up and all that shit. Why don't you talk about how Hillary is still accepting money from countries where women don't have any rights? Where they kill gay people just because they're gay?
    Also, why aren't you talking about how people tried to get info on who the DNC/Hillary donors are and how much they gave but the DNC and Hillary decided to hide that information………………………………………

  26. You are misinformed. The agenda in Russia is not necessarily anti-gay! Just because gay marriage is not accepted there does not mean Russia is anti gay. Many countries uphold marriage vows only between a man and a woman, and that is a tenet of society and of founding a family, according to those countries, and all major religions. All of a sudden, you attempt to judge people's gay tolerances based on their acceptances, or not, of gay marriage. Well I for one am not anti-gay, but believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman. I do not believe a minority should change the definitions of the majority of society…let's go down the list…gay did not used to mean homosexual..but they had to 'take' another word. Rainbows didnt use to have 'sexual' connotations, but, now a rainbow represents the LGBT community; Enough is really enough: Yes, I believe gays should have EQUAL rights in jobs and society, but not CHANGE the structure of society, or of language. The minority should not change the rules for the majority, and this is the way Russia and many other countries think.

  27. To the Young Turks: When you make claims about anything, you should back it up with facts. Do not say Russia this and Russia that, without clear examples of the entire country's stand on this or that, and not some isolated incident. You need to watch Putin's press conference addressing gay issues in Russia.

  28. Trump sounds like he's out collecting rents for his daddy. Small thinking men are the only men the rnc will NOW back.

  29. Ummm, NATO's not the utility company. We foot bills for several reasons…

    1) NATO has assured US/western hegemony for 70 years.
    2) It's curbed Russia's influence and ambition in respect to Europe.
    3) Better access to NATO country markets.
    4) Pressing poorer NATO allies to pay up will most likely cause them to ally with Russia or if they don't head to Putin will hinder their economies.

    Whether you agree with these reasons or not, they're the primary reasons we don't care a whole lot about contributions.

  30. Hello American friends and neighbours . I have lived my little British life for 50 ish years under the shelter of trillions of dollars of defence spending paid for by American taxpayers who get less statutory paid leave than me. I am grateful to you for my prosperity and freedom beyond my power to properly express. Do I deserve your generosity? Should you continue your subsidy to the defence of my continent? I do not know the answer to those questions.

  31. I don't see what's so difficult about you tards to understand… nato is like a body guard group, you pay 2% and you get protection from some of the most powerful countries in the world. you don't fulfill your obligations and you don't get your protection. what's so hard to understand about this?

  32. TRUMP IS THE DUMBEST PERSON I'VE EVER SEEN. I HATE CLINTON AND DON'T TRUST HER BUT I MAY HAVE TO VOTE FOR THAT CORRUPT LIAR TO KEEP HIM OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.

  33. The 2% of GDP is not a membership fee. It's a recommendation of how much a NATO country should spend on their national defense

  34. the guy didn't know how to answer the question… he was avoiding specifics.. this is getting near fearmongering.. if this becomes part of his platform, or you have him speaking of this in a situation where he's Not answering a question that he doesn't know how to answer, than we can worry.. but, without something more, this is little different than the abortion question and you All know it..

  35. NATO JUST GOT CAUGHT PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF TURKEYS COUP.
    NATO IS A TERRORIST OPERATION RUN BY THE UN. WE NEED TO GET THE HELL AWAY FROM BOTH NATO AND THE UN UNLESS YOU WANT TO LIVE UNDER UN RULE AND STARVE.

  36. OK idkūü§Ēūü§Ē to me he is just loosing allies stupid gonna go Allie with China Russia and Iran idk feels stupid to me

  37. If Donald Trump starts the Second American Civil War, NATO would be happy to help Hillary Clinton and her loyalists out. Article 5 would be at work yet again.

  38. We would need a full scale draft to take on Russia. The cowards and traitors would be marching in the streets and burning flags.

  39. NATO countries have certain obligations to spend 2% of gdp on defense, and pay money, or provide personnel. There are 5 countries doing neither and more that do not pay their membership dues. The us is pay 75% of the money to support NATO that mostly is used to protect Europe from Russia.

    TYT are idiots on this issue. YOU NEED MONEY FUND AN ORGANIZATION ONE MEMBER CANNOT SUPPORT THE ENTIRE NATO. IF YOU CANNOT FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES OF AN ORGANIZATION YOU SHOULD GET KICKED OUT JUST LIKE ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION, OR CLUB.

    Caps are for emphasis.

  40. So….the treaty obliges the US to defend other NATO countries and there's a minimum amount they need to spend on their own military to ensure they can defend themselves effectively and help protect one another but….if they choose not to spend that money and can't defend themselves effectively, or help defend other NATO countries, then that's fine and there should be no consequences? Not that Estonia HASN'T paid its dues in that respect, it's one of the few countries that has. But why would it be unreasonable to not honor a treaty when the other party isn't living up to their end either? Doesn't that just create a situation where many countries don't bother to defend themselves properly because they know they can rely on the U.S. to protect them? That doesn't on the face of it sound all that healthy of a relationship. Wouldn't America then have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on their military to offset the lack of contributions from anyone else? And if you approve of that, which you presumably do because you want America to maintain the influence of NATO without sufficient support from most other member nations, then how can you complain about the military industrial complex and the amount that's spent on it? How do you make NATO work otherwise if nobody is actually required to carry their share of tie weight?

  41. Alright. So America needs to keep NATO even though defending Europe is enormously expensive. I never want to see these guys complaining about America's military expenditure again.

  42. Trump is so much smarter than people think….The corrupt corporate media says nothing about NATO, however Trump knows that NATO right now is in a process of decay. It is not going to collapse immediately; it‚Äôs not the same as the Warsaw Pact. NATO is a military force run by an oligarchy from Washington D.C. The government is an oligarchy of an elite few, which run the military-industrial complex.

  43. So even the young turks tows the same line that Russia will all of a sudden invade sovereign nations. The US hates Russia because it is a military power and is threatening the petrol dollar. The US doesn't care about these former soviet countries.

  44. Other NATO countries are not paying enough. I think aiding the US in it's wars since ww2 is payment enough. The amount of wars the US helped the NATO with: 1 (civil war in Bosnia). Number of wars NATO has helped the US with: at least 5. Please, disband NATO. Saves the rest of us from so many wars.

  45. SO FOR US (FROM ESTONIA) ITS GONNA BE 3.WORLDFIGHT CAUSE DONALD TRUMP IS REMOWING ESTONIAS NATO!!! AND THEN IS RUSSIA ATTACKING US!!(MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE FROM ESTONIA) WE.ARE.DEDūüėĪ

  46. and tell me WHY should we pay to US? What if not? We don't care about America, China or Russian Federation. We don't want to be a part of Nato. Nato always did only shit like US.

  47. Trump needs to read the agreement. This "2%" commitment wasn't even agreed upon until September 2014.. 15 months ago. On top of that.. the agreement gave the members 10 years to meet their commitments. In July 2016, NATO had already said that Canada and Europe had increased to 1.5% in 2015, and had planned on 3% by the end of 2016. What more does he want?

  48. Do any of you understand intercontinental ballistic missile systems and how NATO has them all around Russia's borders?

  49. So how is it that American taxpayers who are 20 trillion in debt. , are obligated to pay the lion's share of european's security. Screw that. We tired of being everyone's bitch.

  50. We Europeans don't like Americans,
    Russia dosent want to go into Baltic,
    But it will not allow Us military bases
    In Ukraine, That's a fact,
    Communism is gone,And Europeans have no reason to fight Russia,In fact Europe suffers cus of sanctions on Russia,
    Nobody will fight US wars anymore,
    Only choose for USA is to become allie whit Russia,Or finally get Russia to join Nato,Otherwise an all out thermonuclear war will erupt,WHIT USA vanishing from the face of the world

  51. Part of the NATO treaty says members will pay x % of their countries GDP on defense. Only a few nations are meeting this. But I don't blame them for not spending more. Look at the states, 20 trillion in debt. A lot of that debt is because of excessive military spending. European nations obviously would rather spend money on things that actually benefit their people.

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