NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned against Trump's statements that undermine the security of the alliance. He did so after former US President Donald Trump said last night that NATO countries should pay enough if they want protection. “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the United States, and puts American and European soldiers at risk,” Stoltenberg said in a written statement.
During a Trump campaign rally in the run-up to the US election, he said Russia “can do whatever it wants” with NATO member states that do not contribute enough. All NATO member states must officially invest 2% of their gross domestic product in defence. However, this percentage is not achieved by many countries, including the Netherlands.
This is not the first time Trump has shared his radical plans regarding NATO standards. During Trump's 2016 election campaign, he warned his Western allies that he might abandon the NATO commitment. In his campaign speeches, Trump often questions NATO, mainly criticizing the billions of dollars the United States spends on the alliance.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, also responded with dismay to Trump's comments. He added, “Reckless statements about NATO security and Article 5 only serve Putin's interests.” Article 5 of the NATO Treaty states that an attack on one member state is an attack on all member states.
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