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Trump’s NATO remarks draw criticism: Allies and officials express concerns over impact

Former President of the United States - Donald Trump | Credits: Reuters

United States: Former President of the United States – Donald Trump, has once again landed in soup for his recent comment about NATO allies. According to various reports, the former president has been drawing criticism from the White House and other Western officials. NATO chief – Jens Stoltenberg also joined and mentioned that none of the countries will stand for the other following the statement by the former US president.

According to the reports by CNN Health, he commented that if re-elected, he would not support the NATO allies who did not spend enough on defense. In addition to this, he also stated that he would be favoring Russia to attach them.

What does Trump was quoted saying?

While addressing the attendees at a campaign event on Saturday, Donald Trump mentioned that after getting elected as the President of the United States, he would encourage Russia to come forward and do “whatever the hell they want” to any of the NATO members that will not be meeting the spending guidelines.  

Representation for NATO and its allies | Credits: AP Photo

While replying to the same, Stoltenberg, through a statement, mentioned that such comments by politicians could put European and American soldiers at increased risk.

According to the reports by CNN Health, Stoltenberg was quoted saying, “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the US, and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk.”

He further mentioned, “I expect that regardless of who wins the presidential election, the US will remain a strong and committed NATO Ally.” Stoltenberg also emphasized that such comments are not acceptable and that any comment from a NATO country will “be met with a united and forceful response.”

How the latest comment by Trump will affect diplomatic relations in the US?

Reportedly, the fresh comments by former President Donald Trump will contribute to disputes between the European and Asian countries and the United States. Following the statement, many top officials have been raising questions over the commitments of the US towards its allies.

How did other officials review Donald Trump’s statement?

Following the comment, the White House issued a statement against the former president and mentioned the thoughts of the former president were “appalling and unhinged.” Further, a comparison between Donald Trump and Joe President was quoted, which emphasized that Biden, during his term, has been focusing on strengthening diplomatic relations for national security.

In addition to this, the foreign policy chief of the European Union – Josep Borrell, mentioned that “NATO cannot be an a la carte’ military Alliance… depending on the humor of the president of the US.”

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell | Credits: Reuters

European Council President – Charles Michel also criticized Donald Trump for such a statement and took his official X, formerly known as Twitter, account to mention, “Reckless statements on NATO’s security and Art 5 solidarity serve only Putin’s interest. They do not bring more security or peace to the world.”

The post by Michel further read, “On the contrary, they reemphasize the need for the #EU to urgently further develop its strategic autonomy and invest in its defense. And to keep our Alliance strong.”

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