How Trump defends his NATO statement

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Trump defends himself“I made NATO strong”

After the storm of indignation that followed Trump’s NATO statement, the presidential candidate spoke out.

  • NATO is seen as a security guarantor in many European countries.

  • Trump threatened not to protect defaulting NATO allies if he were re-elected.

  • Trump’s statements were heavily criticized internationally. Now Donald Trump has defended himself.

After a storm of indignation over his statement that he would not protect defaulting NATO allies in the event of re-election, former ex-President Donald Trump has now defended himself. “I made NATO strong,” Trump wrote on Monday in the online service he founded, Truth Social. “When I told the 20 countries that had not paid their (…) share that they had to pay because otherwise they would not receive military protection from the USA, the money flowed in streams,” explained the Republican.

After the USA had “paid the bill” for so many years, this was “a beautiful sight”. “But now that I’m no longer there to say, ‘You have to pay,’ they’re starting again,” the former president continued.

Trump, who has a good chance of running against President Joe Biden in the presidential election in November, had already accused European NATO partners in his first term of office of investing too little money in defense and allowing themselves to be protected at the expense of the USA.

Biden considers Trump’s words “dangerous”

On Saturday, Trump reported on an unspecified meeting with NATO partners at a rally in the US state of South Carolina: “One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said: ‘Well, sir, if we don’t pay and we get attacked by Russia ‘Will you protect us then?’». Trump responded by saying that in this case he would not protect the country and would even encourage Russia to do “whatever they want” with him.

The statement caused strong international criticism. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, “any relativization of NATO’s guarantee of assistance is irresponsible and dangerous.” US President Joe Biden called Trump’s words “horrific and dangerous.”

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(AFP/wy)

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