- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s campaign is once again distancing itself from Donald Trump.

This time it’s over comments Trump made suggesting that under his leadership the United States may not stick up for its allies under an attack from Russia.

Johnson campaign spokesman William Allison said in a statement Thursday that Johnson sees NATO as a “successful cornerstone of American national security.” He says the NATO alliance has helped to prevent and deal with conflicts that threaten American lives.

Johnson’s Democratic challenger Russ Feingold was more forceful, calling Trump’s idea “thoughtless” and “reckless.”

Feingold spokesman Michael Tyler says Feingold “knows it would be reckless to leave America’s foreign policy in the hands of Donald Trump, as Senator Johnson wants to do.”

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