During this Saturday’s meeting, Donald Trump threatened that he would not guarantee the protection of NATO countries, especially against Russia, in the event of his return to the White House.
Described as “sad and dangerous” by his successor, Joe Biden, the comments sparked outrage and concern among members of the alliance.
If he returns to power, will Donald Trump be a reliable ally for NATO? It doesn’t seem so. This Saturday, February 10, during a meeting in South Carolina, the former President of the United States, in the race for a new order, threatened not to guarantee the protection of the member states of the coalition, started a conversation. its leaders.
“One of the presidents of a major country stood up and said, Well, sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?”Before revealing his answer, the billionaire said: “No, I will not protect you. In fact, I will encourage them to do whatever they want to you. You must pay your debt.”.
A statement that sparked outrage among his Democratic opponents and his successor, Joe Biden. “The fact that Donald Trump admits that he wants to give Putin the green light for more war and violence, to continue his brutal assault on a free Ukraine, and to extend his aggression to the people of Poland and the Baltic states is saddening and dangerous.” , The American President responded through a press release.
“Encouraging the invasion of our closest allies by a murderous regime is appalling and stupid”Earlier, White House spokesman Andrew Bates announced in a press release published on Saturday evening. “Instead of calling for war and promoting anarchy, President Biden will continue to support American leadership”he added.
Threats that “only serve Putin’s interests”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned against such comments “undermining our security”. “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all our security, including that of the United States, and puts American and European troops at risk.”He wrote in a press release. “NATO remains ready and able to defend all allies.”
“Any attack on NATO will result in a united and forceful response”The Norwegian added, though “Reassured that the United States will remain a strong and committed ally (…), regardless of who wins the presidential election.”
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In Europe, European Council President Charles Michel condemned “Reckless Statements About NATO Security” WHO “Only serve Putin’s interests” And “Bring no more safety nor more peace to the world”.
“On the contrary, they once again emphasize the need for the EU to develop its strategic autonomy and invest in its defence”He continued, as did European Commissioner Thierry Breton, who was questioned on the LCI at midday.