Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was a “rookie mistake” when Donald Trump told the New York Times that he’d be willing to renege on obligations to the nation’s NATO allies.
McConnell called NATO the “most successful military alliance in the history of the world,” during an interview aired on Facebook Live from his headquarters in Cleveland. “I want to reassure our NATO allies should any of them be attacked, we will be there to defend them.”
Of Trump’s remarks, McConnell said, “I am willing to kind of chalk it up to a rookie mistake. I don’t think there is anybody he would choose to be secretary of defense or secretary of state who would have a different view from my own.”
Vox‘s Mattew Yglesias noted that far from being a “mistake,” Trump’s comments were reflective of his position on foreign policy.
But this wasn’t a gaffe or mistake that Trump has backed off of. It’s his position. https://t.co/vAiPTDytHF
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 21, 2016
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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