Awww, dontcha just feel bad for Republicans who must defend their endorsement of Trump while counteracting his offensive foreign policy declarations? It just tears at your heartstrings to watch Republicans have to deal with the consequences of nominating a pathological liar and petulant toddler as their presidential candidate. From Politico:
Just as pressure is mounting on Republican elected officials to fall in line behind Trump, Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Dan Sullivan of Alaska are in South Korea undercutting Trump's bluster with assurances that the U.S. is not about to renege on trade agreements or demand its allies pay more to support American forces on Korean soil.
These three Tea Party Senators are not up for re-election in November, so they can devote time to damage control for the GOP. (Ernst and Sullivan have already endorsed Trump, Gardner hasn't.) These would-be ambassadors wound up devoting the entirety of their four-nation Asian trip to allaying fears about a possible Trump Presidency.
Ernst and Sullivan also apparently voiced disagreement with Trump's assertion that South Korea doesn't pay enough to keep 28,500 U.S. troops on its soil and asserted that Trump's position on the matter is ill-informed and unlikely to be folded into the official Republican Party platform next month at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
"Already the Republic of Korea bears the large brunt of what goes on in the Korean Peninsula," Ernst said, according to the Yonhap report. "As we look at Europe and NATO, there are countries there that, yes, need to do more. They have not stepped up to that challenge yet. However, when you take a look at the Korean Peninsula, it's a very different situation."
It's gotta be embarrassing to point out to diplomats and the press in a foreign country that the candidate you endorsed is wrong about foreign policy, and to promise that you'll keep him under control. Joni Ernst is going to castrate that hog? Really?