The White House has condemned the actions of former President Donald Trump in relation to NATO. “Thanks to President Biden’s experienced leadership, NATO is now the largest and most vital it has ever been,” said spokesman Andrew Bates.
Despite his demands for NATO countries to meet their obligation of allocating at least two percent of their GDP for a defense budget while he was still president, Trump did not take any real steps against the alliance. However, there are concerns that if he is re-elected, he could damage the core of the alliance and encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to try military moves against his neighbors.
In response to this fear, European countries have called for strengthening the dimension of the European Union’s military independently as a backup in case of loss of American support. Meanwhile, Congress approved a section of the defense budget in December that states that a president cannot order a withdrawal from NATO without a two-thirds majority in the Senate. However, commentators have warned that this may not be enough to prevent Trump from reducing or completely stopping his commitment to NATO.
During his rally, Trump also came out against foreign aid budget proposals currently being debated in Congress, including $14.1 billion in security aid to Israel and $60.1 billion to Ukraine. He directed Republicans to block approval of aid on grounds that he wants the Biden administration to toughen measures against illegal immigration at the Mexican border, even though a bipartisan proposal designed to address the issue has been drawn up in the Senate.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka also defended her husband’s decision not to run for president again on Twitter on Network X: “Michael is stationed to serve our country,” she wrote, challenging those who criticized him for disrespecting military personnel and their families by continuing his anti-immigrant rhetoric.” Someone who continues to disrespect the sacrifices of military personnel has no ability to be the commander-in-chief,” she added sarcastically.