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President Trump’s Alarming Statements about US Commitments to NATO: What This Means for Global Security.


Feb 11, 2024
Trump tells NATO to rely on their own defense and implies support for Putin’s actions

Amidst a global crisis, President Donald Trump has raised questions about America’s commitments to its allies. In a recent speech, he revealed that when he was in office, he told European leaders that the US would not defend their countries if they were attacked by Russia. He emphasized that NATO members needed to pay their debts and said that when he was president, the US would not lift a finger to defend them if they were attacked by Russia. This has caused concern among NATO members and others who rely on US support for their security.

The NATO alliance was established in 1949 as a collective defense agreement. Trump’s claim that NATO members “owe money” is based on a misunderstanding. Although NATO countries agreed to dedicate at least 2% of their gross domestic product to their defense 18 years ago, most countries, including the largest, did not comply with this agreement. During his presidency, Trump focused on this matter and showed little interest in the actual security of NATO.

Trump’s announcement has alarmed countries along the possible front line with Russia and America’s military and political partners from Northeast Asia to the South Pacific. This explicit statement violates the US’s signed international obligations.

Meanwhile, Trump’s opponent in the Republican primaries, Nikki Haley, is making age and mental capacity an issue in her election campaign. Although the polls show her trailing far behind Trump, she is highlighting the age and mental capacity of both Trump and Biden.

The constitution requires a presidential candidate to be at least 35 years old. This condition was established when the average life expectancy of men in North America was 28. There were certainly people who lived well into old age, including former presidents. However, there was no need to set an upper limit at that time. Today, life expectancy has increased, and the question of the desired age of the US president is now a highly debated qualification.

In conclusion, President Donald Trump’s questioning of America’s commitments to its allies has caused concern among NATO members and others who rely on US support for their security

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