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Donald Trump Savages Japan.....

Posted by on Aug. 6, 2016 at 11:47 PM
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/05/donald-trump-savages-japan-saying-all-they-will-do-is-watch-sony/


Donald Trump savages Japan, saying all they will do is 'watch Sony TVs' if US is attacked and threatening to 'walk' away from treaty

Donald Trump
Donald Trump CREDIT: AP

Donald Trump has savaged Japan, one of America's closest allies, stating that if the US is attacked, all Japan would do is "sit home and watch Sony television".

He expressed his frustration that the US is bound by treaty to defend the Asian nation but that if the United States is attacked, the Japanese cannot help because of Article 9, which constitutionally forbids it to send armed forces overseas.

He said that it "could be necessary" for the US to walk away from the treaty, or at least threaten to do so.

At a campaign event in Iowa, Mr Trump also repeated his criticism of countries that do not pull their weight in terms of financial contributions to Nato.

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speak near the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in May
US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speak near the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in May CREDIT: AP

"You know we have a treaty with Japan, where if Japan is attacked, we have to use the full force and might of the United States," he said.

"If we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to do anything. They can sit home and watch Sony television, OK?"

Mr Trump added that the US protects Japan, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia and other nations, and "they don't pay anything near what it costs".

"They have to pay. Because this isn't 40 years ago," he added.

"It's got to be a two-way street."

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe CREDIT: AFP

Late on Friday night, Mr Trump announced that he was belatedly endorsing Paul Ryan in the house speaker's re-election campaign in Wisconsin in an attempt to unite Republicans.

However, his Japan comments were the latest salvo from the Republican nominee, at the end of a week in which he has:

  • Insulted the grieving parents of a Muslim American war hero
  • Initially refused to endorse Mr Ryan, the most senior Republican 
  • Made a series of foreign policy gaffes
  • Told a mother with a crying baby to leave one of his rallies
  • Made an inappropriate joke when accepting a Purple Heart medal from a veteran
  • Seen his polling numbers plummet and his campaign reach "crisis" levels
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The US and Japan signed the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security on January 19, 1960.

Both countries agreed to assist each other in case of an armed attack on territories under Japanese administration. However, Japan cannot currently come to the assistance of the US if it is attacked, because of Article 9, which forbids the maintenance of "land, sea, and air forces".

There are currently 47,000 US military personnel stationed in Japan, and the alliance with Japan is crucial for America's Asia-Pacific strategy and security.

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Mr Trump threatened Japan that, under his presidency, it could be necessary to "walk" away from the treaty.

"It could be that Japan will have to defend itself against North Korea," he said.

"You always have to be prepared to walk," Mr Trump added about getting allies to carry their financial weight.

"I don't think we'll walk, I don't think it's going to be necessary. It could be, though."

Saturday is the 71st anniversary of the US bombing of Hiroshima. The city's mayor, Kazumi Matsui, urged world leaders to follow in President Barack Obama's footsteps and visit.


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romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 6, 2016 at 11:49 PM
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He's not even elected and he's threatening all of our allies and alliances that it's going to cost to have our protection.

As if we don't need allies and alliances for strategic purposes, for flyover rights, for allowing us to have bases around the world, for trade, for any myriad reasons that don't include cash payouts.

Because, you know, Trump wants to run the country like a business.  You know, something like Genco Olive Oil.

No wonder Manafort looks like he's broken a few kneecaps in his time.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:09 AM
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He is wholly unqualified to be POTUS

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM
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Quoting Sisteract:

He is wholly unqualified to be POTUS

I don't understand why his complete lack of knowledge about foreign policy doesn't concern his supporters.

RaverLady
by on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM
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Alliance is priceless.



PamR
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:44 AM
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WTF is wrong with him - seriously?  Is he actually so poorly informed or is he truly mentally ill?

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:46 AM
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It has value that isn't measured in $$$.

Quoting RaverLady:

Alliance is priceless.




romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:47 AM
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I watched Meet the Press this morning, and while they mentioned many of Trump's missteps this past week, they did not bring this issue up at all.

I'm hoping it will get more coverage either later or tomorrow.

Trump's luckiest break may be two weeks of Olympic coverage.  People may not be paying as close attention to the election if they are watching for medals.

Quoting PamR:

WTF is wrong with him - seriously?  Is he actually so poorly informed or is he truly mentally ill?


PamR
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Did you see him endorsing Paul Ryan?  He looked like he wanted to throw up. 

I was thinking the attention being turned to the Olympics might give him a break, too.  I mean, I hope not, but it might.  :)

Quoting romalove:

I watched Meet the Press this morning, and while they mentioned many of Trump's missteps this past week, they did not bring this issue up at all.

I'm hoping it will get more coverage either later or tomorrow.

Trump's luckiest break may be two weeks of Olympic coverage.  People may not be paying as close attention to the election if they are watching for medals.

Quoting PamR:

WTF is wrong with him - seriously?  Is he actually so poorly informed or is he truly mentally ill?


romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM
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Ryan should have said publicly before Trump did that "I don't need Donald Trump's endorsement, I have a record I'm running on".

If I were Hillary's team, I would be doing a nice little advertisement, showing people on the street saying they want an outsider candidate, one who doesn't play by the political rules, and then juxtapose that with Trump both saying he's not ready to endorse Ryan and then that icky endorsement.  

Trump, the outsider non-politician who doesn't want to play by the rules was doing exactly what he said he hates.

They should be exploiting that.

Quoting PamR:

Did you see him endorsing Paul Ryan?  He looked like he wanted to throw up. 

I was thinking the attention being turned to the Olympics might give him a break, too.  I mean, I hope not, but it might.  :)

Quoting romalove:

I watched Meet the Press this morning, and while they mentioned many of Trump's missteps this past week, they did not bring this issue up at all.

I'm hoping it will get more coverage either later or tomorrow.

Trump's luckiest break may be two weeks of Olympic coverage.  People may not be paying as close attention to the election if they are watching for medals.

Quoting PamR:

WTF is wrong with him - seriously?  Is he actually so poorly informed or is he truly mentally ill?



Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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 Dt is reckless and dangerous . 

Quoting Sisteract:

He is wholly unqualified to be POTUS


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