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McConnell Differs with Trump on NATO

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is openly disagreeing with his party’s presidential candidate over a longstanding international alliance.

Republican GOP nominee Donald Trump has said he may not automatically defend America’s NATO allies if he were president. During his speech last week at the Republican National Convention, Trump said he would not defend any of NATO’s 28 members unless they spent 2% of their national budget on defense.

Senator Mitch McConnell has a much different view. He called NATO to the “most successful military alliance in the history of the world.” The U.S. Senate Majority Leader said America’s NATO allies should be assured that if they were attacked, the U.S. would help defend them.

McConnell described Trump’s NATO remarks as a “rookie mistake” and part of the GOP presidential candidate’s learning process as a political figure. I’m Kevin Willis, in Bowling Green.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition. He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production. Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.
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