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Reuters Incorrectly Says Trump "Reversed" His Threat Not to Help NATO Allies

Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 2:27:21 pm

I'm continually amazed at how the media keeps trying to find evidence Donald Trump is "pivoting" to a more reasonable approach, no matter how many times he yanks that football out from under them.

Today's example comes from Reuters, where Ginger Gibson writes that Trump has "reversed" his earlier threats not to come to the aid of NATO allies unless they "pay up:" Trump promises to work with NATO in defeating Islamic State.

Republican Donald Trump said on Monday he would work closely with NATO allies to defeat Islamic State militants if he wins the White House, reversing an earlier threat that the United States might not meet its NATO obligations.

In his second big policy speech in as many weeks, Trump said he would wage a multi-front "military, cyber and financial" war to defeat Islamic State.

"We will also work closely with NATO on this new mission," said Trump, whose remarks about the defense organization earlier this summer drew heavy criticism from allies and even some of his fellow Republicans.

This is a total non sequitur; saying he'd work with NATO to defeat "radical Islamic terrorism" has nothing to do with his demand that allies pay the US or he won't come to their aid. These are two entirely different subjects, and Trump made no reference to his extortion threat in this speech. He hasn't "reversed" anything.

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