Reply To: Trump says he’d Disregard NATO Treaty, Urge Russian Attacks on Allies

  • outdoorsguy

    February 12, 2024 at 11:04 pm

    Trump urging Russia to invade ‘delinquent’ NATO members distorts how the alliance works.

    The ignorant uneducated piece of shit does not have a clue how NATO works and how Article 5 is implemented.

    The Twice Impeached, 4 times Indicted, Felony Criminal Defendant says he once warned that he would allow Russia to do whatever it wants to NATO member nations that are “delinquent” in devoting 2% of their gross domestic product to defense.

    Trump’s comment on Saturday represented the latest instance in which the Criminal Defendant sided with an authoritarian state over America’s democratic allies.

    It also adds to evidence that the 77-year-old either does not understand how NATO works or is distorting the truth for political gain.

    What did Trump say?

    Speaking at a rally in Conway, S.C., Trump recalled how as president he told an unidentified NATO member that he would withhold U.S. help and “encourage” Russia to do as it wishes with allies that do not contribute enough to military spending.

    “‘You didn’t pay? You’re delinquent?’” Trump recounted saying. “‘No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You gotta pay. You gotta pay your bills.’”

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg shot back with an unusually strong statement saying that Trump was threatening the security of the entire trans-Atlantic alliance.

    “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the U.S., and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk,” Stoltenberg said.

    “Donald Trump’s admission that he intends to give Putin a green light for more war and violence, to continue his brutal assault against a free Ukraine, and to expand his aggression to the people of Poland and the Baltic States are appalling and dangerous,” Biden said.

    Trump Demonstrated his ignorance of NATO in front of his ignorant low IQ supporters………and they cheered

    NATO members don’t pay to belong and don’t owe the organization anything other than contributions to a largely administrative fund.

    U.S. presidents before him raised that concern. In fact, it was in 2014, during the Obama administration, that NATO members agreed to move “toward” spending 2% of GDP on national defense by 2024.

    The 2% is a benchmark that each member should spend on its own defense in order to be able to contribute to the joint defense of the alliance.

    However, the goal is voluntary, and there is no debt or “delinquency” involved.

    The countries don’t pay the money to NATO but invest it in their own armed forces.

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago has given them further impetus to beef up their armies.

    Putin tried to justify his war against Ukraine in part by citing NATO’s enlargement, though Ukraine had no immediate prospects of joining the alliance when Russian troops entered the neighboring country in February 2022. However, NATO leaders have said that Ukraine will join the alliance at some point in the future.

    NATO currently has 31 members. Finland became the newest member last year, breaking with decades of non-alignment after Russia invaded Ukraine. Sweden is hoping to join too, but is still waiting for approval from Hungary, the only member that has not ratified the Scandinavian country’s bid.

    Trump has a history of misrepresenting NATO or suggesting that the United States might not honor its commitment to allies. Former national security advisor John Bolton said in a memoir that Trump was close to pulling the U.S. out of NATO in 2018.

    Trump spoke that year about NATO as if it were a business going bankrupt<?b> until he came along. “I went to NATO. And NATO was essentially going out of business ’cause people weren’t paying and it was going down, down, down,” he said.

    Every time the Criminal Defendant speaks he shows the world what a moron he really is and does not have a clue about national security and world affairs.

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