February 20, 2024

Donald Trump Issues Fresh Threat To NATO

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Former President Donald Trump has issued another strongly worded criticism of NATO, after saying he would “encourage” Russia to attack any country that wasn’t paying enough into the alliance.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump suggested NATO has to be stronger in getting money from other countries now he is no longer in the White House.

During his time in office, Trump repeatedly threatened to withdraw the U.S. from NATO, saying it was a financial drain and that other countries weren’t meeting the minimum spending requirement of 2 percent of GDP. Most NATO nations—19, by the alliance’s own count in July 2023—are still failing to hit the target.

At a recent campaign rally in South Carolina, Trump told supporters that he would even “encourage” Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to those countries that don’t meet the requirement.

Former President Donald Trump attends a “Get Out the Vote” Rally in Conway, South Carolina, on February 10, 2024. Trump has issued another condemnation of NATO.

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The White House described the remarks from Trump as “appalling and unhinged,” with NATO adding that any suggestion that the Western allies would not defend each “undermines all of our security, including that of the US, and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk.”

Writing on social media on Monday night, Trump said: “I MADE NATO STRONG, and even the RINOS and Radical Left Democrats admit that. When I told the 20 Countries that weren’t paying their fair share that they had to PAY UP, and said without doing that you will not have U.S. Military Protection, the money came rolling in. After so many years of the United States picking up the tab, it was a beautiful sight to see.

“But now, without me there to say YOU MUST PAY, they are at it again. We are into helping Ukraine for more than 100 Billion Dollars more than NATO. We have nobody that they respect, and they insist on paying far less than we do. Wrong, NATO HAS TO EQUALIZE, AND NOW. THEY WILL DO THAT IF PROPERLY ASKED. IF NOT, AMERICA FIRST! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.