Trump’s Worldview Links U.S. Might With Economic Bargaining: NYT

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump tells newspaper in interview he might stop buying oil from Saudi Arabia unless it committed group troops to combat Islamic State or reimbursed U.S. for its efforts (http://nyti.ms/1WQP0kn).

  • Trump says he’d be open to allowing Japan, S. Korea to build their own nuclear arsenals; would withdraw U.S. troops in those nations if they didn’t contribute to cost of keeping soliders there
  • “We defend everybody,” Trump is quoted as telling the paper. “When in doubt, come to the United States. We’ll defend you. In some cases free of charge.”
  • Called NATO “unfair” economically to U.S., open to different organization focused on counterterrorism
  • Says he’d use trade in some instances as bargaining chip
  • Says he’s not an isolationist, “but I am America First”
  • NYT said when asked about briefings he receives, books he’s read on foreign policy, Trump replied that newspapers were his main source of information, “including yours”
  • NYT says it talked to him by phone for 100 minutes over the course of two conversations Friday

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