Trump Puts NATO Allies at Risk By Saying Russia Can 'Do Whatever the Hell They Want’

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  • Rikk
    DIAMOND STATUS
    • Jan 2004
    • 16518

    Trump Puts NATO Allies at Risk By Saying Russia Can 'Do Whatever the Hell They Want’

    NATO Leader Says Trump Puts NATO Allies at Risk By Saying Russia Can 'Do Whatever the Hell They Want’
    NATO's leader is warning that Donald Trump was putting the safety of U.S. troops and their allies at risk
    Vanessa Gera, Lorne Cook



    The NATO leader warned Sunday that Donald Trump was putting the safety of U.S. troops and their allies at risk after the Republican presidential front-runner said Russia should be able to do "whatever the hell they want" to alliance members who don't meet their defense spending targets.

    Trump’s remarks caused deep concern in Poland, a country in central Europe that has been under Russian control more often than not since the end of the 18th century. Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said “no election campaign is an excuse for playing with the security of the alliance.”

    Speaking Saturday at a rally in Conway, South Carolina, Trump recalled how as president he told an unidentified NATO member that he would “encourage” Russia to do as it wishes in cases of NATO allies who are “delinquent.”

    “‘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 said that the 31 allies are committed to defending each other.

    “NATO remains ready and able to defend all allies. Any attack on NATO will be met with a united and forceful response,” Stoltenberg said. “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 added in his statement that he expects that, “regardless of who wins the presidential election, the U.S. will remain a strong and committed NATO ally.”

    The German government did not officially comment on Trump’s remarks, but the country’s foreign office published a statement Sunday morning pointing out NATO’s principle of solidarity.

    “‘One for all and all for one.’ This NATO creed keeps more than 950 million people safe — from Anchorage to Erzurum," the Foreign Ministry said on X, formerly Twitter.

    German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote in an editorial that “if Trump will become U.S. president again, such statements will increase the risk of Putin expanding his war. Europeans can only do one thing to counter this: finally invest in their military security in line with the seriousness of the situation.”

    Trump's comments were of particular concern to NATO's front-line countries, like Poland and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which were either under the control of Moscow or fully incorporated into the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Fears there run especially high given Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    While in office, Trump had already threatened not to come to the aid of any country under attack that he considered owed NATO and the U.S. and was not spending enough on defense. His stance destabilized the alliance, particularly countries with borders close to Russia.

    Under NATO’s mutual defense clause, Article 5 of its founding treaty, all allies commit help of any member who comes under attack. Article 5 has only ever been activated once – by the U.S. in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    After Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, NATO leaders agreed to halt the defense spending cuts made after the end of the Cold War and start moving toward spending 2% of gross domestic product on their military budgets. No country is in debt to another, or to NATO.

    NATO has undertaken its biggest military buildup since the Cold War since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
    Roth Army Militia

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  • Rikk
    DIAMOND STATUS
    • Jan 2004
    • 16518

    #2
    THIS is the kind of short-sightedness that comes with having a President who has no understanding of history.

    Should members pay their bills or maintain a strong enough defense for membership? Yes.

    Do we throw the entire philosophy and reason for NATO's existence out the window using the excuse that someone is late with their bill or don't meet the percentage of national spending? FUCK, NO!!!

    To actually state publicly that you would "encourage" a dictator to invade peaceful nations is not just insanely reckless, it's evil. It is the kind of public sentiment that could lead to war and have devastating economic ramifications.

    And publicly bragging about encouraging one of the most dangerous men on the planet to kill thousands if not millions of people makes Neville Chamberlain look like a man of great foresight. It also makes America look incredibly weak, it makes America look like we can't be trusted, it puts us all one little step closer towards World War III...and it CERTAINLY MAKES REPUBLICAN COMPLAINTS ABOUT DEMOCRATS BEING WARMONGERS EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS!!!

    NATO is not some collection agency. It was designed to prevent the mass devastation that occurred during the second World War from occurring again. THAT is its primary function.
    Roth Army Militia

    Originally posted by WARF
    Rikk - The new school of the Roth Army... this dude leads the pack... three words... The Sheep Pen... this dude opened alot of doors for people during this new era... he's the best of the new school.

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    • Romeo Delight
      ROCKSTAR

      • Feb 2005
      • 5151

      #3
      This is a strange one...I can;t imagine why anyone would say this.

      That said, how much more money can be borrowed to pay for wars globally? Have you been in ANY major US city...its a literal war zone right here.
      sigpicRoth Army Canada

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      • Von Halen
        ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

        • Dec 2003
        • 7503

        #4
        Originally posted by Romeo Delight
        Have you been in ANY major US city...it’s a literal war zone right here.
        You mean virtually every Libtard DemonRat controlled city in America? Huh, what a fucking coincidence.

        No wonder Nickdhypocrite lives in the suburbs.

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        • Nickdfresh
          SUPER MODERATOR

          • Oct 2004
          • 49257

          #5
          Originally posted by Von Halen
          You mean virtually every Libtard DemonRat controlled city in America? Huh, what a fucking coincidence.

          No wonder Nickdhypocrite lives in the suburbs.

          Nope, literally live downtown, dipshit. I'm not a lily white pussybitch afraid of everything like you two (F)MAGGOTS shitting your depends along with the other old people watching Fox News...

          And what about RepubllTARD states being vastly more violent than the blue ones?
          Last edited by Nickdfresh; 02-14-2024, 01:12 AM.

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          • Nickdfresh
            SUPER MODERATOR

            • Oct 2004
            • 49257

            #6
            Originally posted by Romeo Delight
            This is a strange one...I can;t imagine why anyone would say this.

            That said, how much more money can be borrowed to pay for wars globally? Have you been in ANY major US city...its a literal war zone right here.
            Not really but the main issue with the murder rate in the US is the ease of access of firearms which make it much easier to kill people....

            And WTF does that have to do with the topic of the thread you stupid Canadian?

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            • Nickdfresh
              SUPER MODERATOR

              • Oct 2004
              • 49257

              #7
              Originally posted by Romeo Delight
              This is a strange one...I can;t imagine why anyone would say this.

              That said, how much more money can be borrowed to pay for wars globally? Have you been in ANY major US city...its a literal war zone right here.
              BTW dummy, Trump is saying we won't defend Canada, because you knobs only spend 1.2% of your GDP on defense. Have at it Russia!

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              • Nickdfresh
                SUPER MODERATOR

                • Oct 2004
                • 49257

                #8
                Here's an article you retards can actually read if it doesn't hurt head too much, I mean I know MAGAs are a bit slow and lack attention span like Von, but here is some useful reference info on the actual topic: https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...ing-gdp-trump/

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