The Conservative Party leadership candidate and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said former US President Donald Trump said a lot of things that proved true, as she pledged more toughness on China.
In remarks to So Atlantic, the secretary of state said she wants the Group of Seven leading democracies to turn into an “economic NATO” that can better defend itself against Chinese influence around the world.
Truss, the next prime minister candidate as she competes with Rishi Sunak for leadership, outlined her credentials as a “hawk” over her dealings with China and Russia in the interview.
When asked if Trump has been proven right about China, Truss said: “There are a lot of things that Trump said that have been proven true,” adding, “There are also things he said that haven’t been proven true.”
When asked about the possibility of Trump running for president again in 2024, Truss said that it is about the American people who elect them as their president.
Truss also told The Atlantic that the West has been too slow to challenge China and Russia because leaders have prioritized free trade.
Calling for the strengthening of the G7 and NATO, she added, “This is why we really need to rely on these groupings, these partnerships – coalitions of the willing, if you want to – to get things done.”
It also criticized Germany and France for arranging the so-called Minsk agreements between Ukraine and Moscow-backed separatists after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
She said: “We should have been there. The UK is the biggest European spender in NATO. The US is the main power in NATO. The UK and the US should have been involved, and we won’t make that mistake again.”
Truss noted that her experience as Secretary of State shows that she “gets things done”.
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