Trump claims Japan ‘doesn’t have to help’ if US is attacked

President Donald Trump again lamented what he views as an unequal military alliance Wednesday, claiming that if the US is attacked, Japan “doesn’t have to help us at all” and “can watch it on the Sony television.”

Trump’s criticism of Japan came during an interview on Fox Business Network when he was asked about the possibility of bilateral trade deals ahead of his G20 trip, where he will meet with several counterparts, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“Let me start off with general statement — almost all countries in this world take tremendous advantage,” of the US, Trump told Fox Business by phone, repeating a common refrain of his 2016 campaign.

The President then criticized NATO broadly, before singling out Japan for the terms of its military alliance with the US.

“If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War Three … with our lives and with our treasure,” he said, adding, “If we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all,” Trump said. Japan, he claimed, “can watch it on the Sony television, okay, the attack.”

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Trump had privately mused about withdrawing from a longstanding defense treaty between the US and Japan because he views it as one sided.

And it appears Trump was again referring to that same agreement in his interview with Fox Business on Wednesday.

The US has been a close military and diplomatic ally of Tokyo for more than 70 years. The two countries first signed the Treaty of San Francisco in 1951, officially ending World War II.

The agreement was revised in 1960 as the “