Sanders says he would 'absolutely' be willing to use military force if elected president

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) said he would “absolutely” be willing to use military force if he were elected president in a “60 Minutes” interview set to air Sunday.

CBS contributor Anderson Cooper asked the presidential candidate if he thought there were any situations in which military action would be “warranted.”

“Absolutely. Of course I do,” he said. “You know, you hopefully as rare as possible. But, yeah, we have the best military in the world.”

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The Vermont progressive said he would consider military action if there were “threats against the American people” or “threats against our allies,” saying he believes in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Cooper prompted Sanders with a theoretical Chinese invasion of Taiwan, to which the senator responded, “I mean I think we have got to make it clear to countries around the world that we will not sit by and allow invasions to take place, absolutely.”

Sanders went on to say he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea warns US to stay out of its affairs to ensure ‘smooth running’ of presidential election A crisis on the Korean peninsula reinforces the need for allies South Korea charging defectors over leaflets dropped in North MORE, adding that meeting with adversaries is “not a bad thing to do.”

“I think, unfortunately, Trump went into that meeting unprepared,” he said. “I think it was a photo opportunity and did not have the kind of the diplomatic work necessary to make it a success. But I do not have a problem with sitting down with adversaries all over the world.”

The Vermont senator has been a proponent of prioritizing diplomacy instead of military action in the country’s “endless wars.”

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Sanders is leading the Democratic party after wins in Nevada and New Hampshire and becoming the runner-up in Iowa. He currently has 31 delegates, but Nevada has yet to distribute 26 of its delegates after Saturday’s caucuses.