President Biden on Sunday hit out at Donald Trump’s threat to abandon Nato member states to Russian attacks if they don’t spend enough on defence, calling the disgraced ex-president’s remarks “appalling and dangerous”.
On Saturday, Mr Trump told rally goers in Conway, South Carolina that he’d “encourage” Russia to move aggressively against Nato countries that don’t meet a years-old two per cent GDP defence spending target, which he inaccurately described as if the targets were dues to one of his golf clubs.
He said he’d told a Nato head of state he would not support invoking the transatlantic alliance’s mutual defence provisions in such a case.
‘You didn’t pay? You’re delinquent?’ … ‘Yes, let’s say that happened.’ No, I would not protect you. In fact I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You gotta pay,” he said.
In a statement released by Mr Biden’s re-election campaign, the president touted how he has pushed the US to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Nato as the defensive alliance has grown “bigger and stronger than ever … in defense of democracy against Vladimir…
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