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Opinion Reagan would denounce Trump’s attacks on NATO, democratic allies

19:26  03 july  2018
19:26  03 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Brussels anti-Trump protest draws some 1,400

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In letters sent last month, Mr. Trump demanded that NATO allies spend more on their own defense.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times. “For the President to say the E.U. was ‘set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank,’ or that ‘ NATO is as bad as NAFTA’ is not

CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump , on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, explicitly raised new questions on Wednesday about his commitment to automatically defending NATO allies if they are attacked , saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance.

Ronald Reagan wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill

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It is a dark day in the history of conservatism when a self-proclaimed Republican president attacks democratic allies around the world and offers praise to dictators across the oceans.

I propose that every previous president in the history of our republic would deplore and condemn Trump and his presidency.

Today, let's focus on one former president, Ronald Reagan, who was a leader in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and would harshly condemn Trump's attacks against our democratic allies as well as the assist he provides to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who seeks the destruction of NATO.

European Council President: U.S. 'won't have a better ally' than EU

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President’ s remarks were confirmed by European officials, adding to jitters among allies about what will happen at July Nato summit.

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In the coming days, Trump will meet with our NATO allies after sending many of them insulting letters and threatening to withdraw American troops from Europe in its defense against the Russian Bear.

Trump, who has no reputation as a friend of democracy and human rights, will also meet with the Russian dictator who continues to attack American democracy despite receiving repeated praise from America's commander in chief.

It is the juxtaposition of these two events, Trump's meeting with NATO and Trump's meeting with Putin, that will dramatize why Ronald Reagan would feel such scorn, contempt and anger about so many things Trump does.

I am a Kennedy Democrat, not a Reagan Republican. But I would debate anyone, anywhere, anytime, about what Reagan would think of Trump.

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Donald Trump suggested in an interview that he would set conditions before aiding NATO allies , while touting a foreign policy that would see the United States "fix our own mess" before intervening to help other countries. Trump said that if Russia were to attack the Baltic States

Trump ’ s Ambassador to Estonia, James D. Melville Jr., resigned in disgust after Trump ’ s series of attacks on US allies in Europe. Melville is a career diplomat who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents for 33 years, but it was Donald Trump who accelerated his retirement plans.

It is noteworthy that Reagan's son Michael has said that his father would never have voted for Trump and that his daughter Patti recently wrote in the Washington Post about the many reasons her father would deplore Trump.

Ronald Reagan strongly believed in the democratic alliance and strongly supported NATO. He would be outraged, scandalized and disgusted that an American president is viewed by democratic allies as a danger to, not a leader of, the free world.

Reagan strongly believed that Western democracies should join together in their common defense against the threat posed to American and European freedom by Russia. Reagan would be outraged and contemptuous of any American president who repeatedly undermines and divides the NATO alliance.

Reagan believed that a major source of our security and a statement about our values is our close friendship and democratic alliance with our neighbors - Canada and Mexico. He would be appalled, angered and disgusted by Trump's repeated insults and attacks against our democratic neighbors.

Senate overwhelmingly passes resolution supporting NATO as Trump attacks continue

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"For decades, the United States has given an ironclad guarantee to our NATO allies : we will come to their defense if they are attacked , just as they came Lindsey Grahham, a South Carolina Republican who challenged Trump in the Republican primaries, also denounced the GOP nominee' s comments.

(Vitnija Saldava/AP) The U.S. ambassador to Estonia — a NATO ally on the edge of Russia — abruptly resigned Friday, telling friends that he cannot abide President Trump ' s apparent hostility toward institutions that have stabilized Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Reagan believed in tough trade negotiating but would be outraged and scandalized that Trump threatens a global trade war against our strongest democratic allies in the world.

Reagan believed that Russia posed a significant threat to American security and would never offer praise to a Russian dictator who is attacking American elections.

Reagan believed that Russian aggression against democratic nations poses a danger to Western security and democracy. He would be sickened that any American president would threaten to withdraw large numbers of troops from Europe, where they are stationed to defend Europe from Russia.

Reagan believed in protecting the sovereignty of nations from Russian attack. He would be outraged that any American president could even consider recognizing the illegal Russian annexation of Crimea.

Reagan would be outraged by the behavior of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who has turned the committee into a widely discredited partisan charade that spends more time undermining American counterintelligence than investigating the Russian attack against America.

Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S.

  Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S. U.S. President Donald Trump said his efforts had pushed other NATO countries to contribute more to the Western defense alliance but it was still not enough to offset the burden on U.S. taxpayers. "Over the last year, about $40 billion more has been given by other countries to help NATO but that's not nearly enough," Trump told reporters ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels."The United States is spending far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some."This has been going on for decades and it is disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're going to make it fair.

There are also those who question Trump ' s commitment to the NATO alliance and who have been concerned about his frictions with longtime allies such as Canada and Germany over trade policy.

NATO , or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization , is a military alliance of European and North American democracies created after World War Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign was quick to pounce on Trump ' s statements. "Ronald Reagan would be ashamed.

Reagan would be disgusted when Trump repeatedly slanders leaders of the investigations (who happen to be Republicans) of the Russian attack against America.

When Trump falsely accuses these investigations of seeking to help Democrats, Reagan would react with righteous fury and angry wrath in speaking the truth on this matter.

As Trump prepares to leave for Europe to meet with NATO leaders and with Putin, conservative Republicans face a moment of truth. Do they side with Trump or NATO? Do they side with democracy or praise dictatorships?

Do they stand with political prisoners who battle dictatorships, or do they stand with dictators who commit murder or torture against them?

Ronald Reagan would denounce Trump's attacks against NATO nations and democratic allies. As Trump heads to Europe, every principled and true conservative should stand with Reagan and all the other presidents who came before.

They believed the American leader should be the leader of the free world, not an apologist for dictators seeking to destroy it.

Brent Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.

Schumer, Pelosi: Trump's Germany comments an 'embarrassment'

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U. S . President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defense and warned of more attacks like this week' s Manchester bombing unless the alliance did more to stop militants.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he may not defend NATO allies if her is elected president. The treaty states that an attack on any NATO member is an attack on all 28. "Ronald Reagan would be ashamed.

McCain rips Trump: NATO actions 'disappointing' but not surprising .
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday blasted President Trump's rhetoric at the NATO summit, calling it "disappointing" and not representative of the United States. "There is little use in parsing the president's misstatements and bluster, except to say that they are the words of one man. Americans, and their Congress, still believe in the transatlantic alliance and [NATO], and it is clear that our allies still believe in us as well," McCain said in a statement.

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