Trump calls for deploying NATO troops against ISIS

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE, who has called NATO “obsolete,” said on Thursday that the coalition should be used in the effort to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


“I like the idea of using NATO and also neighbors that aren’t in NATO and take them out. You gotta take them out,” Trump told ABC before a campaign event in Manchester, N.H.

Still, Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, declined to go into specifics on his plans to defeat the terror group.

“I don’t like giving away like, ‘We’re gonna hit them here. We’re gonna hit them there.’ I like to keep it quiet,” he said. “We’re going to hit them very hard, it’s very true, it’s very possible that we should use NATO.”

The benefit of using NATO troops, Trump argued, is that U.S. forces would not bear the burden of confronting ISIS.

“I don’t want to get too much of ours involved,” he said. “I want NATO to be involved. We spend a tremendous amount of money on NATO. We take care of countries that frankly should be taking care of themselves in terms of economically.”

Trump has repeatedly called the military alliance “obsolete,” saying it was set up to confront the former Soviet Union and is not equipped to handle the more modern threat of terrorism.

“I was the one that said NATO is obsolete because they don’t cover terrorism properly, you remember that,” he said Thursday. “That was about four months ago, I took a lot of heat. Three days later they came up and they said, ‘Trump is right.’”