VIDEO: US Republican Donald Trump Claims “NATO Has Become Obsolete”

Sun Apr 3, 2016 15:29:13

Trump accused US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of “not paying their fair share” and called the 28-nation alliance “obsolete.”

“Either they pay up, including for past deficiencies, or they have to get out. And if it breaks up NATO, it breaks up NATO,” Trump said.

In an interview with Press TV on Friday, James Jatras, former US Senate policy adviser and diplomat, said NATO has no justification for its existence because there is no immediate threat to the US and Europe.

“There is no power, there is no threat against which these countries need deterrence,” said Jatras, who is also a specialist in international relations and legislative politics in Washington.

“This is simply another failed justification for the role of NATO which frankly should have gone out of business after the end of the Cold War,” he told Press TV, after a top US general said America and NATO are switching their military doctrine from assurance to deterrence in Eastern Europe over Russia’s behavior.

“It is an example of how bureaucracies try to justify their existence long past when such justifications were valid,” Jatras added.

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