Some members of the Republican Party criticized his running mate, former President Donald Trump, for his statements expressing his unwillingness to defend NATO member states against any future attack by Russia despite substantial spending on the defense alliance. If not, it may start.
Former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie expressed his displeasure in an interview with NBC, saying that this is why he has long said that Trump is unfit to be President of the United States.
During a political rally in South Carolina on Saturday, Trump criticized some NATO countries for not spending enough, and spoke of the president of a “big country” regarding any attacks by Russia against such countries. Talked about the previous discussion we had together.
Trump indicated that he told that country's president that he would not protect them, but would encourage them to do whatever they wanted if they did not pay. He did not mention the name of the country or its President.
Trump's recent statements were sharply criticized by the White House, which described them as “terrible and wrong”, as well as by a number of senior Western officials.
The failure of many of NATO's 31 countries to meet the goal of keeping defense spending to less than 2% of gross domestic product has been a long-standing source of tension with the United States, whose armed forces are supported by the alliance's military. It is considered to be the origin of power.
According to estimates, only 11 member countries seem to be spending at the targeted level.
We should not support Russia
Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and Trump's only remaining rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, commented that taking sides with Russia is the last thing that should ever be done.
He said in an interview with CBC: “Don't support someone who went and invaded a country and half a million people were killed or injured because of Putin in the war on Ukraine.”
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, said in a brief interview with Reuters that he did not agree with the way Trump expressed his views, referring to his statements about NATO.
But he believes that Russia will not attack anyone during his presidency and they will not do so even if Trump becomes president again.
Trump regularly criticizes his partners in the military alliance for not providing adequate funding, and has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the alliance if he returns to the White House.
President Joe Biden responded to Trump's statements, calling them “horrible and dangerous” and warning Sunday that he intends to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a “green light” for more wars and violence.
The White House praised Biden's efforts to strengthen alliances with various countries around the world.
The former US President's statements on Saturday sparked anger and resentment within Europe and NATO. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, stressed that these “irresponsible” statements regarding NATO security and solidarity only serve Putin's interests, and do not enhance security and peace in the world.
Mitchell explained that Article Five of the NATO Founding Treaty states that any attack on one of the NATO countries is considered an attack on the entire alliance, requiring a joint response from all member states.
For his part, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned against the statements, stressing that any resolution that prevents allies from defending each other jeopardizes the security of everyone, including the United States.
For his part, Republican Senator Marco Rubio tried to downplay Trump's statements, emphasizing that the former president “has spoken nothing but the truth” because he “doesn't speak like any traditional politician. Are,” and indicated he had no concerns about it. The future of the alliance if Trump wins. By election.
On the other hand, Trump clashed with Republican members of Congress to block a bill aimed at allocating new funds to Ukraine and Israel and to reform the immigration system in the United States in the face of the border crisis with Mexico. effects used.
Currently, the Senate is considering a $95 billion foreign aid package, which includes funding Israel's war on the Gaza Strip and aid to Taiwan and Ukraine, at a time when Trump is attempting to obstruct the provision of aid to Ukraine. Are working.