U.S. Presidential Candidates Sharply Divided on Military Alliances

Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:21am

Voice of America reports that “U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reiterated sharply opposing views on the issue of military support for American allies around the world, and for Japan and South Korea in particular, during their first televised debate on Monday.”

“Clinton, the Democratic candidate, criticized past statements made by Republican nominee Trump that indicated he might withdraw troops from Asia unless allies more fairly compensate the U.S. for protection.”

“’He has said repeatedly that he does not care if other nations got nuclear weapons, Japan, South Korea even Saudi Arabia,’ said Clinton.”

“Trump countered that his opponent was misrepresenting his position, which he indicated was about negotiating a better compensation deal for U.S. support.”

“‘All I said was they may have to defend themselves or they have to help us out. We are a country that owes $20 trillion, they have to help us out,’ he said.”

Military.com reports that “sparks flew during the first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton over plans to defeat the Islamic State, nuclear proliferation and threats to cybersecurity, among other national-security issues.”

“Trump quickly went on the offensive during the 90-minute televised debate moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt on Monday night at Hofstra University in New York — the first of three such events planned — notably when he accused Clinton of sharing too much information by outlining a plan to defeat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.”

“‘She’s telling us how to fight ISIS,’ Trump said. ‘Just go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think Gen. Douglas MacArthur would like that too much.'”

“Clinton responded, ‘At least I have a plan to fight ISIS.'”