Donald Trump has formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination, declaring the U.S. is in crisis, and that Americans will be safer and richer if they elect him to the White House.
In a more than hour-long speech at the party’s lackluster convention in Cleveland Thursday night, Trump painted a dire picture of affairs in the United States and the world.
The former reality TV star blamed instability abroad and crumbling infrastructure at home squarely on President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. Trump said that as president, he will restore the safety people fear they’re losing.
He also said he would place strict limitations on immigration, adding his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border is a way of taking a hard line on immigration laws.
To add to a long list of promises, he also pledged to end crime and violence around the country and speak for those who feel they aren’t heard by the government.
Trump remained confident that his approach is “considerate and compassionate to everyone.”
Meanwhile, remarks from Trump have Ottawa defending Canada’s military contributions and NATO.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Trump’s comments that, if elected president, the U.S. wouldn’t automatically come to the aid of allies are “not helpful.”
The Republican nominee caused a stir this week when he said some NATO members aren’t spending enough on defence, and are instead relying on the Unitd States to protect them.
He told the New York Times that would change if he’s elected president.
While Trump appeared to be directing his comments at European allies, Canada spends less than one per cent of its gross domestic product on defence.
That’s half the NATO target and places Canada near the back of the pack among the alliance’s 28 members.