WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement in response to Republican nominee for President Donald Trump suggesting the United States would not defend NATO allies.
“Statements like these make the world more dangerous and the United States less safe.
“I can only imagine how our allies in NATO, particularly the Baltic states must feel after reading these comments from Mr. Trump. I’m 100 percent certain how Russian President Putin feels – he’s a very happy man.
“The Republican nominee for President is essentially telling the Russians and other bad actors that the United States is not fully committed to supporting the NATO alliance. NATO has been the most successful organization in modern history to provide collective defense for democracies. If Mr. Trump is serious about wanting to be Commander in Chief he needs to better understand the job which is to provide leadership for the United States and the free world.
“Mr. Trump has shown the ability to correct statements such as this. I hope he will do so tonight when the world is watching.”