Decryption – The former US president threatened to side with Putin if he invaded a NATO country that had not paid its dues.
Correspondent in Washington
Trump said he would encourage Russia to do so “Whatever He Wants” A NATO member country that does not respect directives on defense spending. During a campaign rally Saturday in Conway, South Carolina, Trump pointedly questioned the Atlantic alliance’s doctrine of collective security.
Provoking an exchange with an unknown European head of state, in one of the often imaginary dialogues that he likes to insert into his speeches, and where his interlocutors address him with respect, Trump clearly released the United States from its commitment: “One of the presidents of a great country stood up and said to me, ‘Sir, if we don’t pay and we are attacked by Russia, will you protect us?'” Trump said. “I said, ‘You haven’t paid, do you owe?’ He said, “Yes, let’s accept that it happens.” “No, I will not protect you. In fact, I will encourage Russia to…