Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for a new international institution to combat the global threat of terror, saying that organizations like NATO are ill-equipped to handle such issues.
In a wide-ranging foreign policy interview with The New York Times published on Saturday, Trump said that U.S. participation in NATO has become too costly and that the world might need a new institution to handle terrorism.
“I actually think in terms of terror you may be better off with a new institution, an institution that would be more fairly based, an institution that would be more fairly taken care of from an economic standpoint,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview.
“You have many wealthy states over there that are not going to be there if it’s not for us, and they’re not going to be there if it is for terror.”
Trump added that Middle Eastern nations should be more involved and contribute more resources to the fight against organizations like ISIS.
Since NATO was established to counter the Soviet Union, Trump argued, it is not organized in a way that would make it successful against terrorism.
“The point is the world is a much different place right now,” he said. “And today all you have to do is read and see the world is, the big threat would seem to be based on terror and based on what’s going on in 90 percent, 95 percent of the horror stories. I think, probably a new institution maybe would be better for that than using NATO which was not meant for that.
“And it’s become very bureaucratic, extremely expensive and maybe is not flexible enough to go after terror. Terror is very much different than what NATO was set up for.”