Key GOP Senators Fly To Asia, Tell U.S. Allies To Ignore Donald Trump


Donald Trump is so reckless and irresponsible when he talks about foreign relations that it’s raising the eyebrows of key Republicans on Capitol Hill who fear their GOP candidate is destroying relationships with our key international allies.

Trump’s many ignorant undiplomatic remarks have especially caused concern for our important allies in Asia. His apparent willingness to speak with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and Un’s praise of Trump has raised alarm.

As Politico reports, Republicans are being commanded to march in lockstep behind their GOP candidate, but many on Capitol Hill worry that Trump’s ignorant and bellicose rants are dangerous. Key Republican Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Dan Sullivan of Alaska rushed to South Korea this week to step up diplomatic efforts.

Hoping to undercut the damage already caused by Trump’s bellicose bluster, the three senators are reassuring our allies in Asia that we won’t end relationships with them, and that America will not renege on trade agreements or demand they pay more to support American forces on Korean soil.

Gardner, who has yet to endorse the GOP candidate, spoke with Yonhap News on Wednesday.

“Whether it is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, we have an absolute commitment and resolve to growing our alliance with Korea, and there is no going back,” Gardner said.

Gardner also assured South Korea, one of the most important U.S. allies in the region, that America has no intention to renegotiate trade agreements, regardless of Trump’s threats to tear up the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Ernst and Sullivan also balked at Trump’s assertion that South Korea should pay more to keep 28,500 U.S. troops on its soil, asserting that his position is ill-informed and unlikely to be folded into the official Republican Party platform next month at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

“Already the Republic of Korea bears the large brunt of what goes on in the Korean Peninsula,” Ernst said, according to the Yonhap report. “As we look at Europe and NATO, there are countries there that, yes, need to do more. They have not stepped up to that challenge yet. However, when you take a look at the Korean Peninsula, it’s a very different situation.”

Key senators, Sullivan and Ernst serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Gardner is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific. Gardner authored a bill that passed through Congress in February calling for stronger sanctions against the Pyongyang regime.

The consequences of Trump’s know-nothing banter, coupled with his bluster is proving that when it comes to the candidate’s ability to get along overseas, we’ve got yuuuuuge problems.

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