Donald Trump has made a stronger statement than ever about the extent to which he would comply with the obligations set out in the NATO basic agreement if he becomes the head of the USA. The former president told a rally on Saturday that he once told a European leader that he would not defend a nation that defaulted on payments and would “encourage” aggressors to “do what they want”.
Any suggestion that allied member states are not protecting each other undermines the security of all of us, including that of the United States, and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk. We will give a united and strong response to any attack against NATO
– read NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s announcement.
NATO members undertake to defend any country in the bloc that is attacked. The 31 member states of the military alliance agreed that two percent of the gross domestic product should be spent on defense, but only 11 countries meet this goal.
According to Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, reckless statements only serve Putin’s interests.
Trump’s statements were also condemned by the White House, the Polish Minister of Defense and the German Foreign Ministry.