- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on Tennessee delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Tennessee Republican National Convention delegate Victor Ashe, a former ambassador to Poland, says he hopes Donald Trump clarifies a suggestion that the U.S. might abandon its NATO military commitments if he were elected president.

Trump told The New York Times that he would review allies’ financial contributions before acting under NATO’s mutual defense clause, if any of the countries were attacked by Russia.

Ashe says he hopes Trump will reiterate strong support for the nation’s NATO treaty obligations. He says they are “an important component of our European alliance” and as binding on a president as a law.

Sen. Bob Corker, a Trump supporter and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, says Trump was only expressing exasperation that the U.S. plays an outsized role in the protection of NATO allies.

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3:00 p.m.

Tennessee delegates to the Republican National Convention have mixed reactions to a Wednesday speech by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in which he stopped short of endorsing Donald Trump.

Delegation Chairwoman state Sen. Mae Beavers says she thinks Cruz broke a promise to support the party’s nominee. But she says it “says a lot” for the Trump campaign that they let Cruz speak anyway.

But delegate Victor Ashe, a former ambassador to Poland, says he was “very surprised” the Trump campaign did not make an endorsement of the nominee a condition of allowing Cruz to speak.

Meanwhile, delegate Charlie Cato, a Nashville attorney and Cruz supporter, says Cruz’s speech was excellent, and he approves of Cruz’s call to delegates to vote their conscience in November.

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