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Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Fineman2: 2:31pm On Feb 12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGP1hJJNstI

White House blasts the former president’s comments as “appalling and unhinged.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he would "encourage" Russia to attack any NATO member country that didn’t meet its financial obligations to the defense alliance, in remarks that the White House repudiated as "appalling and unhinged."

There have been growing worries in Europe over the reliability of the decades-old U.S. commitment to European security — highlighted by the partisan gridlock in Washington over a crucial aid package to U.S. ally Ukraine — but Trump's words are forcing Europeans to seriously consider an end to the transatlantic alliance.

"These are the words of a serious candidate for president so they should be treated seriously," Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Zalewski told POLITICO. "If we do that, then it means a change to the logic of the U.S. presence in NATO. It is very worrying. He correctly calls on member countries to spend more on defense, but he also calls on Russia to attack. This is completely incomprehensible.

Speaking at a campaign rally in South Carolina, Trump said that while president he told NATO leaders that he would “encourage [Russia] to do whatever the hell they want” to alliance members that are "delinquent" in meeting the group’s spending targets.

“One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, ‘Well, sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?'” Trump recalled during the rally. “I said, ‘You didn’t pay. You’re delinquent.’ He said, ‘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.”

The remarks seem to suggest that Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, might not abide by NATO’s collective-defense clause for members that haven't paid enough.

Trump's comments were roundly criticized by officials across Europe.

"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," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. "I expect the U.S. to remain a strong and devoted ally of NATO, whoever wins the presidential election."

European Council President Charles Michel called Trump's remarks "reckless" and said they "serve only Putin’s interest." Germany's foreign ministry said: "‘One for all and all for one’ — This NATO creed keeps more than 950 million people safe."

The White House also blasted the comments as endangering security and stability. “Encouraging invasions of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and unhinged and it endangers American national security, global stability, and our economy at home,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement.

A POLITICO report last month revealed that Trump had told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in 2020 that the U.S. wouldn’t come to Europe’s defense if it was attacked. Trump alleged NATO countries subsequently spent “billions and billions” of dollars on their defenses in the wake of his threat — a claim that has not been substantiated.

Trump's remarks come as the Biden administration and Republicans in the U.S. Congress remain at odds over a $95.3 billion military aid package, $60 billion of which is for Ukraine in its defense against Russia's invasion.

Stoltenberg on Saturday warned about Russian President Vladimir Putin's belligerence and its implications for the Continent. "If Putin wins in Ukraine, there is no guarantee that Russian aggression will not spread to other countries," Stoltenberg said in an interview with German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag.

"We have to prepare ourselves for a confrontation that could last decades," Stoltenberg said.

Trump's comments also show a misunderstanding of how NATO functions, There is no centralized budget that countries pay into. Rather, each country pays for its own defense; with an alliance-wide commitment to spend at least 2 percent of GDP by this year.

https://www.politico.eu/article/trump-says-he-would-encourage-russia-to-attack-nato-members-that-dont-pay-enough

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Fineman2: 2:32pm On Feb 12
This man doesn't think well before talking

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by God1000(m): 2:34pm On Feb 12
Europe and NATO don't like him, his second term will bring unimaginable disaster.

He will also embark on a revenge mission straight.

As much as I hate joe Biden for supporting Israel war in Gaza, he's still better than Donald Trump

It was Donald trump that moved US embassy from TelAviv to Jerusalem, he would have sent US troops to Gaza if he was the one in office, he will never involve his administration in any talks regarding two-state solution

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by sendrio: 3:09pm On Feb 12
Trump talks too much. He was President for four years

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Manny21: 3:10pm On Feb 12
Stupid idiot. Mental issues

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by slaawomirr: 3:10pm On Feb 12
Damnnn niggar
That will also put America at increased risk


This man is smoking the wrong weed

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by nairalanda1(m): 3:10pm On Feb 12
wink

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by osuofia2(m): 3:11pm On Feb 12
grin grin grin grin grin
Trump Trump, American FFK

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Jokerman(m): 3:11pm On Feb 12
Na Trump fit the deep state😂🤣

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Orissodiq: 3:11pm On Feb 12
Russia says HI

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by qtx(m): 3:12pm On Feb 12
Badt gai Trump my boi! grin

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Chinaza06: 3:12pm On Feb 12
Trash

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by haybhi1(m): 3:13pm On Feb 12
Well, I watched the video and I like his stance! No free money anywhere. You pay to get protected. Why lay back so I foot your bills? Well, you could as well liaise with them to prevent them from attacking you then.

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by viodemus: 3:13pm On Feb 12
Such a fat Dunc^^e

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by free2ryhme: 3:13pm On Feb 12

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Appletek: 3:13pm On Feb 12
Hahaha

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by HitRun(m): 3:14pm On Feb 12
Jokerman:
Na Trump fit the deep state😂🤣

What is deep state?

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by LordKushmann(m): 3:14pm On Feb 12
Normally he's a business man.. And thinks as such.

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Appletek: 3:14pm On Feb 12
This Trump thinks like Simon Ekpa

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by ValarDoharis: 3:15pm On Feb 12
I hope he wins. The FBI must release Tinubu's file without redacting it

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by LegendHero(m): 3:15pm On Feb 12
Lol, Trump na another case entirely.

He just talk for talking sake.

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Catapault: 3:15pm On Feb 12
Fineman2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGP1hJJNstI



https://www.politico.eu/article/trump-says-he-would-encourage-russia-to-attack-nato-members-that-dont-pay-enough



“One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, ‘Well, sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?'” Trump recalled during the rally. “I said, ‘You didn’t pay. You’re delinquent.’ He said, ‘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.”

This “conversation” is completely fabricated by Trump. It never happened.

Whenever he says “someone said to me ‘Sir….” he’s lying.

Trump is a narcissist, and with that comes chronic, constant lying.

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by Musisco01(m): 3:17pm On Feb 12
Fineman2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGP1hJJNstI



https://www.politico.eu/article/trump-says-he-would-encourage-russia-to-attack-nato-members-that-dont-pay-enough

Some people are saying "this man does not think before he talks" here on nairaland in Nigeria 😃

In case you didn't know, if America isn't working it affect a large chunk of the world and "this man" has been one of the best heads to ever preside over the affairs of that evil nation which currently is sponsoring a genocide in Gaza.

Under Trump, the world was a lot peaceful! (I am not a big fan of his though)

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by boldtruthalways: 3:17pm On Feb 12
He never said that in the true context. He was just making a point. Fake journalist should stop twisting issues. He's simply emphasising the need for NATO to pay up and not leave the entire burden on U.S.A. He's a smart President who loves his people and wishes to use their resources for the good of his people and not wasting it on foreign countries who do not like them. Greatest President ever.

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by israelmao(m): 3:17pm On Feb 12
That's why Trump is Trump.

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by bemeruca: 3:17pm On Feb 12
Trump is an idiot. Just close your mouth and not say something stupid.

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by nairalanda1(m): 3:17pm On Feb 12
grin

On the one hand it is a crass comment

On the other hand, a subtle reminder to Europe that the USA cannot play big brother defender to them all the time

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Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by sofeo(m): 3:17pm On Feb 12
Alright.
Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by FreestufNGG: 3:18pm On Feb 12
Next please
Re: Trump Says He'd ‘encourage’ Russia To Attack NATO Allies Who Don’t Pay Up Enough by HardBishop: 3:19pm On Feb 12
Is the fact.. some nation's in NATO have to work for their salvation. You can't just sit there doing nothing while the big boys are busy loosing soldiers for protecting you. Mbanuuuu.
Is cheating.
Trump stand for justice and hate cowardice

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