The White House has issued a statement condemning the recent events, expressing gratitude to President Biden’s experienced leadership that has led NATO to its current position as the largest and most vital it has ever been. The statement highlights the importance of American nationalism, global stability, and our domestic economy.
While he was still in office, former President Trump demanded that NATO countries meet their obligation of allocating at least two percent of their GDP for defense spending and accused member states of taking advantage of American defense and US taxpayers’ money. Despite not taking any concrete actions against NATO during his time in office, fears have arisen that if Trump is re-elected, he could damage the core of the alliance and encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to attempt military moves against his neighbors.
As a result, European countries have called for strengthening the independent military dimension of the European Union as a backup plan in case of loss of American support. Meanwhile, Congress passed legislation in December stating 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 the US from reducing or completely stopping its commitment to NATO.
During his rally, Trump also spoke 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. At Trump’s direction, Republicans continue to block the approval of this aid on grounds that they want the Biden administration to toughen measures against illegal immigration at the Mexican border. However, a bipartisan proposal designed to address this issue has been drawn up in the Senate.
In response to criticism from former ambassador Ivo Daehler about reducing US commitment to NATO without proper congressional oversight, Trump defended his decision on Twitter by asserting that “Michael is stationed to serve our country” and “someone who continues to disrespect