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Bernie Sanders says he would use military force if China attacked Taiwan and denied being a pacifist

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said that if he was elected president, he would use the army “absolutely” if China attacked Taiwan.

The hopeful 2020 presidential said that if he were in the White House, he would allow military power if justified, both to protect American interests and to support his allies.

He also denied being a pacifist, expressed his support for NATO, and added that he would be willing to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, as President Donald Trump did three times.

Sanders has come forward with an early lead in the democratic nomination process, and as a self-proclaimed democratic socialist his foreign and security policy is starting to get further investigation. But he has denied being a pacifist.

In the interview that was broadcast on Sunday at ’60 minutes’ from the CBS, the senator of Vermont was asked in what circumstances he, as supreme commander, would deploy American armed forces.

Senator Bernie Sanders told Anderson Cooper in an interview that was broadcast on CBS's '60 Minutes' on Sunday, that he would use military force if elected president

Senator Bernie Sanders told Anderson Cooper in an interview that was broadcast on CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday, that he would use military force if elected president

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders who spoke at a campaign meeting in Santa Ana, California, Friday

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders who spoke at a campaign meeting in Santa Ana, California, Friday

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders who spoke at a campaign meeting in Santa Ana, California, Friday

He summed up these criteria: “Threats against the American people, for sure. Threats against our allies. I believe in NATO.

“I believe that the United States, all equal, must cooperate with other countries, not alone.”

When the interviewer, Anderson Cooper, asked if he would order military action if Taiwan were to be attacked from China, Sanders replied: “Yes. I mean, I think we need to make it clear to countries all over the world that we won’t be stuck and absolutely must allow invasions. “

The senator, who scored a resounding victory in the Nevada presidential caucuses on Saturday, was asked if he would follow Trump’s example and meet the North Korean leader.

“Yes, I mean, I’ve criticized Trump for everything …” he said. “But meeting people who are hostile is not a bad thing for me.”

Sanders added that he believed Trump was “unprepared” when he met Kim – their meeting in Hanoi collapsed in disagreement last year.

“But I have no problem sitting down with opponents around the world.”

Bernie Sanders said he would use military force if justified, both to protect American interests and to support his allies

Bernie Sanders said he would use military force if justified, both to protect American interests and to support his allies

Bernie Sanders said he would use military force if justified, both to protect American interests and to support his allies

Anderson Cooper asked Sanders if the Vermont senator was elected president, whether he would use military force in the event that China attacked Taiwan

Anderson Cooper asked Sanders if the Vermont senator was elected president, whether he would use military force in the event that China attacked Taiwan

Anderson Cooper asked Sanders if the Vermont senator was elected president, whether he would use military force in the event that China attacked Taiwan

Sanders also stated “we have the best soldiers in the world,” when Cooper started his line of questions.

During the same interview, Sanders also defended his earlier praise for Fidel Castro’s rule over Cuba.

He told Cooper that the Communist dictator’s regime was “not bad” and praised his “massive literacy program” in the 1980s.

In a recent survey of Democratic candidates in the New York Times, Sanders and fellow senator Elizabeth Warren said they would continue Trump’s personal diplomacy with Kim, but former vice president Joe Biden, former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg and senator Amy Klobuchar said they would not do that.

Sanders, along with Biden and Bloomberg, also said he would consider using force to anticipate an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test.

Sanders is best known for his views on economic justice – in particular the gaping gap in the US between the richest Americans and those who are much less well-off.

Bernie Sanders greeted supporters when he arrived at a campaign collection in Santa Ana prior to Super Tuesday and the California Democratic primary

Bernie Sanders greeted supporters when he arrived at a campaign collection in Santa Ana prior to Super Tuesday and the California Democratic primary

Bernie Sanders greeted supporters when he arrived at a campaign collection in Santa Ana prior to Super Tuesday and the California Democratic primary

Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending a meeting with Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, last month. Sanders was asked if he would order military action if Taiwan were to be attacked from China

Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending a meeting with Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, last month. Sanders was asked if he would order military action if Taiwan were to be attacked from China

Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending a meeting last month with Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization. Sanders was asked if he would order military action if Taiwan were to be attacked from China

But as his chances of winning the Democratic nomination increase, the oversight of other issues will certainly increase.

As a student at the University of Chicago during the unrest in the 1960s and 1970s, Sanders belonged to various left and anti-war groups, including the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee.

When a Politico interviewer interviewed him in 2015 about his decision to register as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he replied, “I am not a pacifist.”

“I supported the war in Afghanistan,” he noted in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In 1991, however, he was against the first Gulf War.

Sanders told Politico that he had supported the military actions of the Clinton government in Kosovo and the air strikes of President Barack Obama in Syria.

But then he added: “I happen to believe from the bottom of my heart that war should be the last resort.”

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