Sanders says he would 'absolutely' be willing to use military force if elected president

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Bernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions MORE (I-Vt.) said he would “absolutely” be willing to use military force if he were elected president in a “60 Minutes” interview set to air Sunday.

CBS contributor Anderson Cooper asked the presidential candidate if he thought there were any situations in which military action would be “warranted.”

“Absolutely. Of course I do,” he said. “You know, you hopefully as rare as possible. But, yeah, we have the best military in the world.”


The Vermont progressive said he would consider military action if there were “threats against the American people” or “threats against our allies,” saying he believes in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Cooper prompted Sanders with a theoretical Chinese invasion of Taiwan, to which the senator responded, “I mean I think we have got to make it clear to countries around the world that we will not sit by and allow invasions to take place, absolutely.”

Sanders went on to say he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea bans leather coats after Kim starts new fashion trend Belarus and Russia must resolve the migrant crisis on their own North Korea's Kim makes first public appearance in month MORE, adding that meeting with adversaries is “not a bad thing to do.”

“I think, unfortunately, Trump went into that meeting unprepared,” he said. “I think it was a photo opportunity and did not have the kind of the diplomatic work necessary to make it a success. But I do not have a problem with sitting down with adversaries all over the world.”

The Vermont senator has been a proponent of prioritizing diplomacy instead of military action in the country’s “endless wars.”

Sanders is leading the Democratic party after wins in Nevada and New Hampshire and becoming the runner-up in Iowa. He currently has 31 delegates, but Nevada has yet to distribute 26 of its delegates after Saturday’s caucuses.