Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Monday he believes Israel should pay for defense aid it receives from the US, hours before he was slated to give a speech at the pro-Israel AIPAC policy conference. During a press conference in Washington, Trump was asked whether he believed the Israeli government should pay for American defense, as he had called for other US allies such as South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia to do.

“I think Israel will do that also, yeah, I think Israel do—there are many countries that can pay and they can pay big league,” responded the billionaire businessman. He spent most of his statement focused on the other countries, saying calling in debts would help “build wealth.” Trump was scheduled to speak at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington later Monday. Some attendees have said they will protest his appearance by walking out. READ MORE