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    Trump Deems Permanent US Military Presence Abroad 'Unnecessary'

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he supports sending US troops abroad, though it is not necessary to deploy forces overseas on a constant basis.

    CLEVELAND (Sputnik) — Trump has been repeatedly criticized for a foreign policy perceived as isolationist and an alleged refusal to realize the US exclusiveness in the world, which is the cornerstone of the country's foreign strategy and its military doctrine.

    "If we decide we have to defend the United States, we can always deploy [from the US soil]… and it will be a lot less expensive," Trump told The New York Times newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.

    Washington has a wide network of military bases in nearly all regions of the world, with over 150,000 US servicemen serving there. Over the last 15 years, the United States participated in dozens of armed conflicts abroad and was engaged in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

    Trump also said that if he becomes the US president, he would support other NATO states in case of Russia's attack on them only if the allies "fulfilled their obligations" in regard to Washington.

    On Tuesday, Trump officially received the presidential nomination from the Republican party.

    "If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes," Trump told The New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday, answering a question whether he would support the country's NATO allies if Russia attacked them.

    In the past, Trump has repeatedly said that if elected president he would require major US allies to pay a larger portion for the joint defense.

    In 2015, the United States paid nearly 75 percent of NATO's budget, according to data compiled by the European Leadership Network.

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      ivanwa88
      That was a dumb grossly unsophisticated and uneducated reply Trump dont be so stupid in that style of reply think clearly before you speak. A comment based on NATO being reconstituted would have been by far a much better answer instead of being made a fool of falling into a planned trap by answering yes to a questions that needed so many qualifiers before the answer was given. Or simply why would Russia attack a NATO alliance member do you mean in self defense or to protect a Russian based population from a massacre what exactly do you mean?
    • Drain the swamp
      Trump may prove to be another Putin - very sensible and to the point, not beholden to the jew. Thats why they fear him and encourage their presstitutes in their owned MSM to ask him all kinds of leading questions to make him fail. But Trump is not a dumb goy.
    • Anton KOMAROV
      This is the reason why he cannot become President.The Military/Industrial complex will not allow it.We will end up with Killary whose wealth and influence is directly a result of her backing and involvement in the Neocon world view.Look forward to more conflict and an increased US spending on Military "projects".
    • v76
      If he isn't going to do what the elitei have instructed him to do than he will be dead if he wins the presidency.
    • basho
      "If we decide we have to defend the United States, we can always deploy [from the US soil]… and it will be a lot less expensive,"

      Donald, Donald, you've got it all wrong. This is not about "defending the u.s." Where have you been? This is about the neo-con wolfowitz kristol nuland doctrine. You are in big trouble unless you get this rite and quick.
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