Donald Trump, Republican presidential lead-runner claimed on Tuesday that he was the only one capable to solve the issue of “radical Islamic terrorism”.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, a CNN anchor, Trump labelled Pakistan “a vital problem” for America “because they have a thing called nuclear weapons”, not failing to add that “They have to get a better hold of the situation.”
He had earlier tweeted ‘I alone can solve’ after the Easter Sunday suicide blast in Lahore which lead to the death of 74 people. Explaining his statement, he claimed, “When I see they [the attackers] put it [the bomb] in a park and there were mostly Christians although many others were killed…I think it is absolutely a horrible story… But I am talking about radical Islamic terrorism. I will solve it better than anyone else running.”
Many-a-people including politicians and celebrities across the globe, took to social media to condemn the Lahore suicide blast and to express their anger and condolences.
In response to questions regarding nuclear security and the United States’ defence policy, Trump was of the opinion that it was high time for America to change its current policy, especially with regards to the fact that the US had always provided military assistance to Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea and Germany.
He believed that such military assistance had resulted in the US swimming in budget deficit, so it was about time for them to protect themselves.
“Saudi Arabia makes $1 billion a day. We support them militarily and they pay us a fraction of what they should be paying us, of the cost,” he said, adding that the US is “better off” with leaving the defence of other countries in their own hands.
“They [supported countries] should protect themselves or they should pay us,” he said. “Our military expenditure isn’t just on ourselves. We’re protecting all these nations all over the world. We can’t afford to do it anymore.”
Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he added “We are better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea.”
“Wouldn’t you rather let Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea is having them? We don’t want to pull the trigger… Nobody is afraid of our president,” he said.
Despite the US policy for decades being “to prevent Japan getting nuclear weapons”, Trump was noted to have said, “Maybe it’s going to have to be time to change.”
When asked about the implications of such a move, Trump claimed that nuclear increase “is going to happen anyway, it’s just a matter of time”.
He suggested an alternative which is to “get rid of them entirely”.
“The only global warming I’m worried about is nuclear global warming.”