The White House criticizes Trump’s ‘relentless’ NATO comments Military News
The front-runner for the Republican nomination shows no signs of softening his hostile stance toward the military alliance.
The White House has criticized Donald Trump’s comments suggesting that the United States should not help NATO to protect allies from a potentially “relentless” Russian attack.
The former US president, who appeared to be talking about a previous meeting with NATO leaders at his latest political rally in South Carolina on Saturday, said he had spoken to the president of a “great country”. about friends rushing to protect each other.
“Well sir if we don’t pay, and if Russia attacks us – will you protect us?” he told the boss saying.
“I said: ‘Didn’t you pay? Are you guilty?’ He said: ‘Yes, let’s say that’s what happened.’ No, I wouldn’t defend you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever they want. You have to pay.”
“Encouraging attacks on our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and unrelenting – and threatens America’s national security, global stability and our economy at home,” a White House spokesman said. Andrew Bates.
President Joe Biden, who is seeking re-election in November, has empowered the alliance since taking office in 2021, ensuring that NATO is now “the most biggest and most vital it has ever been”, said Bates.
“Instead of calling for wars and fomenting uncertain chaos, President Biden will continue to strengthen American leadership and stand up for our national security interests — not against them, “he said in a statement.
There is a provision in the statute of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military alliance of 29 European countries and two North American countries, which states that it must defend any member that is attacked.
This is not the first time that the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the upcoming presidential elections has criticized the alliance.
When the president, Trump threatened to withdraw the US from NATO. He also suggested that he could cut Washington’s funding for the agency, and he complained again that the US is paying more than it should.
As the war in Ukraine does not seem to stop, concerns have arisen about the possible consequences of Trump in November.
Kyiv is desperately seeking financial aid to fuel its war effort. The European Union earlier this month agreed to dedicate an additional 50-billion-euro ($54bn) aid package to Ukraine, however, Biden’s bid to get approval for the US aid package has been reduced amid domestic political spats.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said last month that he did not believe a second Trump presidency would jeopardize US membership in the military bloc.
The official, who has been pushing member states to boost military spending, said European alliances were increasing their military contributions and “moving in the right direction”.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, US aid to Ukraine has increased to about $75bn, according to Stoltenberg, who said that other NATO members and partner states together have provided more than $100bn. to give