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Obama: Trump's NATO comments show 'lack of preparedness'

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says that GOP nominee Donald Trump's recent suggestion that the U.S. might not come to the defense of NATO allies is another sign of Trump's "lack of preparedness" on foreign policy.

Obama said Trump's recent comments to the New York Times -- in which he suggested that allies that haven't paid their NATO dues wouldn't be guaranteed of getting help if Russia invaded -- were an admission that the U.S. "might not abide" by NATO's "most central tenet."

NATO members promise that an attack against any of them is considered an assault against all.

Trump said that he wouldn't predict his actions in the case of a Russian attack of smaller NATO allies like Estonia or Latvia.

Obama made his comments on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

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