Borel pointed out that the leader of the alliance member state should not make such statements.
“NATO cannot be a menu from which to choose, a military alliance, it cannot be an alliance that operates depending on the mood of the US president at that moment. Now – yes, tomorrow – no, it depends on who you are. Let’s be serious. NATO cannot be like a menu. It exists or it doesn’t,” he said.
“But I’m not going to waste my time commenting on any stupid idea that comes out during this election campaign in the United States,” Borrell told reporters.
Trump said at a campaign rally over the weekend that he would encourage Russia to attack a NATO member that does not spend enough on defense.
Criticism of Trump’s statements has already been expressed by several high-ranking officials.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized that what Trump said undermines the security of all NATO members, including the United States.
“Any assumption that allies will not protect each other undermines the security of all of us, including the security of the United States,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.
President of the European Council Charles Michel also condemned what Trump said.
Stoltenberg has expressed hope that the United States will remain a NATO ally regardless of who wins the presidential election.
A meeting of NATO defense ministers is expected in Brussels this week, and a security conference will be held in Munich later. It is expected that these statements of Trump will definitely be discussed there.
Polish Prime Minister Donal Tusk, who is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday and arrived in Berlin on Tuesday, said that nothing can replace US power when it comes to the security of the Western world. But Europe also needs to do more to protect itself.
The US president is scheduled for November 5, 2024. The US president is not elected by direct popular vote, but through the so-called Electoral College. On election day, citizens will elect their representatives to the Electoral College, which will then vote to elect the president.
Such an electoral system means that a candidate who received fewer electoral votes overall than a competitor can win the presidential election. For example, it happened in 2016 when Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.
The ruling Democratic Party is expected to re-elect current White House owner Joe Biden, who has vowed to run for a second term, to the post of president without serious competition. In connection with his candidacy, the biggest questions are raised by Biden’s age, because he is already the oldest president in the history of the United States and, in case of re-election, he will have to serve until the age of 86.
The Republican presidential nominee is Donald Trump, whose campaign has so far been unscathed by the allegations against him.
In early February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., ruled that former President Donald Trump could be tried on charges of conspiring to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, thus rejecting Trump’s claims that he was immune from prosecution.