Hours after a coordinated terrorist attack in Belgium, Ted Cruz zeroed in on recent foreign policy remarks by GOP front runner Donald Trump, accusing Trump of a world view that is basically weak and isolationist, comparing some of Trump’s policy plans to those of President Obama.
“Donald Trump is wrong that America should withdraw from the world and abandon our allies,” Cruz said to reporters on Capitol Hill, labeling Trump’s world view, “preemptive surrender.”
In that interview, Trump said U.S. allies in Europe and Asia should pay more of the cost of stationing American military forces abroad.
“I think the concept of NATO is good, but I do think the United States has to have some help,” Trump told the Post.
“NATO is costing us a fortune and yes, we’re protecting Europe but we’re spending a lot of money,” Trump added.
That view puts Trump on a similar page as President Obama, who has also pressured U.S. allies – like Great Britain – to pony up more money for NATO and their own defense.
Trump also echoed Mr. Obama in another area, saying that if ground troops were going to be sent to the Middle East to take on the Islamic State, they would need to be from Arab nations, not from the United States.
“I would say this, I would put tremendous pressure on other countries that are over there to use their troops,” Trump told the Post.
Meeting with reporters a few blocks from the Capitol, Cruz tried to tie Trump directly to the Obama world view.
“I would note that retreat from the world, the Obama-Clinton retreat from the world, is very much the retreat from the world that Donald Trump is advocating,” Cruz said.
The Cruz attack came a day after Trump was under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike over his vow to be “neutral” in any peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.