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Donald Trump says he warned NATO ally: Spend more on defence or Russia can ‘do whatever the hell they want’

Donald Trump says he warned NATO ally: Spend more on defence or Russia can ‘do whatever the hell they want’

BY JILL COLVIN, AP

Donald Trump said that, as president, he warned NATO allies that he “would encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to countries that are “delinquent” as the front-runner for the Republican nomination ramped up his attacks on foreign aid and long-standing international alliances. NATO’s leader said Trump’s words could undermine security and put American and European forces at risk.

Speaking at a rally Saturday in Conway, South Carolina, Trump recounted a story he has told before about an unidentified NATO member who confronted him over his threat not to defend members who fail to meet the trans-Atlantic alliance’s defense spending targets.

But this time, Trump went further,…

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