The former American president, candidate for re-election in November, had already threatened to leave the Atlantic alliance if he returns to the White House.
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Donald Trump has threatened, if re-elected, to no longer guarantee NATO protection against Russia. The former American president regularly criticizes his allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for not sufficiently funding the institution. During a meeting in South CarolinaSaturday February 10, Donald Trump gave a concrete example, reporting a conversation with one of the heads of state of NATO, without naming him.
“One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, well, sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?”told the big favorite for the Republican Party nomination, before revealing his answer: “No, I wouldn’t protect you. In fact I would encourage them to do whatever they want to you. You must pay your debts.”
This statement comes after Donald Trump, likely candidate against Democratic President Joe Biden in the November presidential election, put pressure on Republican elected officials in Congress to bury a bill providing for the payment of new aid to Ukraine .
“Encouraging the invasion of our allies” is “appalling”, responds the White House
The White House responded to Donald Trump’s statements by touting Joe Biden’s efforts to strengthen alliances around the world. “Encouraging the invasion of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and senseless,” reacted Andrew Bates, spokesperson for the White House, in a press release published Saturday evening. “Rather than calling for war and promoting chaos, President Biden will continue to support American leadership”he added.
The agreement blocked in Congress provided for additional aid to Ukraine and Israel. Totaling $95 billion, it will be debated next week and includes funds for Israel’s fight against Hamas and for a key strategic ally, Taiwan.
The lion’s share, however, would help Ukraine replenish its stocks of munitions, weapons and other essential needs, as the country enters a third year of war. Donald Trump has often been doubtful, sometimes hostile, about continued American aid to Ukraine and even threatened to leave NATO if he returned to the White House.