Trump says US will end giving automatic protection to NATO countries if he is elected

US will help only those allies who had fulfilled its obligations towards United States says Donald Trump in an interview to New York Times

Trump says US will end giving automatic protection to NATO countries if he is elected

Donald Trump who got Republican party's official nomination last day has said if he is elected he may end giving automatic protection to the NATO allies.  Trump said US would help only those countries which had fulfilled its obligations toward US.

Donald Trump said this in an interview to New York Times.

Members of NATO had signed an agreement that requires all member nations to come to the help of other countries in case they are attacked.

Trump  said in case Russia attack the Baltic states which are new entrant to the NATO, US would decide whether to help them only if

In the interview Trump re asserted his hard line nationalist approach which has came in for criticism even from some Republican leaders.

Trump said he would cancel long standing treaties which he saw as unfavourable to US.

“I would prefer to be able to continue” existing agreements, Trump  said, but said only if allies stopped taking advantage of " an era of American largess that was no longer affordable".

Trump said he would scrap North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada if he could not renegotiate it radically.

Trump said that his approach to dealing with the United States’ allies and adversaries was radically different from that of the stated policies  of the Republican Party .Republican party candidates have all argued for an internationalist approach in which the United States is the keeper of the peace.

Trump has  said that, if elected, he would not pressure US allies over crackdowns on political opposition and civil liberties, arguing that the US had to "fix our own mess" before "lecturing" other nations. 'Look at what is happening in our country. How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood" he said.

"When the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don't think we are a very good messenger". Trump added.

Trump said if he is elected he would close US bases abroad. "If we decide we have to defend the United States, we can always deploy" from American soil, he said "and it will be a lot less expensive"

Trump will address the Republic convention Thursday