March 4, 2024

Romney: Trump Nato comments make allies wonder if they can rely on US

Mitt Romney has informed The Independent that former President Donald Trump’s comments about how he would urge Russia to assault Nato international locations who don’t spend enough on defence makes US allies wonder if they can “rely on America”.

Mr Romney’s comments come after Mr Trump’s rally in Conway, South Carolina on Sunday, the place he mentioned: “If we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?” Mr Trump mentioned, claiming to recollect a Nato member state chief asking him throughout his presidency. He then claimed to have responded: “No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want.”

Mr Romney, now a Utah Senator after being the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and serving because the governor of Massachusetts, informed The Independent on Monday: “He says outrageous things to get people riled up. It works at the rallies. Unfortunately, it also has an impact around the world where our friends wonder whether they can rely on America.”

This comes after reports relating to Mr Trump telling prime European Union officers that the US would by no means assist Europe if it was attacked.

Thierry Breton, a French EU commissioner, mentioned throughout a roundtable dialogue in Brussels early final month that Mr Trump made the comments in January 2020 when chatting with the president of the fee, Ursula Von Der Leyen, a former German defence minister.

“You need to understand that if Europe is under attack, we will never come to help you and to support you,” Mr Trump mentioned, in response to Mr Breton. “By the way, NATO is dead, and we will leave, we will quit NATO.”

“And by the way, you owe me $400bn, because you didn’t pay, you Germans, what you had to pay for defence,” Mr Trump added on the time, Mr Breton mentioned.

“Out of principle the President NEVER discloses what her interlocutors have told her during closed-door meetings. So we are not going to comment either way,” a spokesperson for Ms von der Leyen informed Reuters.

“The idea that he would abandon our allies if he doesn’t get his way underscores what we already know to be true about Donald Trump: The only person he cares about is himself,” the Biden marketing campaign informed the information company.

Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas dismissed critiques of Mr Trump’s rhetoric.

“What I know is he’ll secure the border, he’s going to make this country safer, he’s going to hold Nato accountable,” he informed The Independent. “And I think that people need to realize that like, you should take everything that he says seriously, but not literally.”

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a staunch supporter of Mr Trump who led the cost to object to the 2020 presidential election outcomes, mentioned Mr Trump was right in saying that Nato international locations didn’t pay their justifiable share, however added that the United States would stay as much as its commitments.

“Seriously, they need to do more, but obviously we don’t want Russia to invade,” he informed The Independent. “If they invaded a Nato country, we’d have to defend them, so we don’t want that.”