February 20, 2024

Trump news today: Nato comments spark backlash as ex-president calls on Taylor Swift to support him

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Donald Trump has been rebuked by President Joe Biden after proclaiming throughout a marketing campaign rally in South Carolina that he would “encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to any nation that’s “delinquent” in meeting its financial commitments to Nato.

President Biden was incensed by the remarks, commenting: “Serving as commander-in-chief is the ultimate responsibility and one that should weigh heavily on the individuals that hold this office.

“Trump’s admission that he intends to give Vladimir Putin a green light for more war and violence, to continue his brutal assault against a free Ukraine, and to expand his aggression to the people of Poland and the Baltic States is appalling and dangerous.

“Sadly, they are also predictable coming from a man who is promising to rule as a dictator like the ones he praises on day one if he returns to the Oval Office.”

Mr Trump was additionally chastised by his major opponent Nikki Haley, who warned him not to “take the side of a thug”, whereas his rhetoric drew a divided reaction from his fellow Republicans.

The candidate in any other case spent the Super Bowl weekend vainly courting the support of pop celebrity Taylor Swift.


The world takes Trump’s Nato comments actually, whereas Maga takes them significantly

In 2012, Romney, then the Republican presidential nominee, famously referred to as Russia “without question, our number one geopolitical foe.” Democrats dismissed him as daft in a world with al-Qaeda and China on the rise. Barack Obama chided him and mentioned “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its meddling within the 2016 presidential election and its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 vindicated Romney and confirmed the specter of President Vladimir Putin. But by that time, the GOP had moved on from the Reagan-Bush-Romney worldview and embraced one other businessman-turned-politician in Donald Trump.

This weekend, when he held a rally in South Carolina, Trump all however goaded Putin into invading European nations when he recalled that he instructed a head of state of a Nato nation speaking about Russia throughout his presidency that if the nation didn’t pay its obligations “I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want.”

Eric Garcia13 February 2024 07:00


VIDEO: ‘Reckless comments undermining the credibility of allied countries’: Global leaders slam Trump’s NATO remark

‘Reckless comments undermining the credibility of allied countries’: Global leaders slam Trump’s NATO remark

Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 06:00


Trump’s ‘outrageous’ Nato comments make allies ‘wonder whether they can rely on America’, warns Romney

Mr Romney, now a Utah Senator after being the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and serving as the governor of Massachusetts, instructed 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 high 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 talking to 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 accordance 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.

Eric Garcia, Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 05:00


VIDEO: After Trump’s discuss of ‘unpaid bills’, how is NATO actually funded?

After Trump’s discuss of ‘unpaid bills’, how is NATO actually funded?

Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 04:30


Latest Republican impeachment witnesses fail to hyperlink Biden to household’s companies

A sequence of witnesses within the House Republican impeachment probe into President Joe Biden instructed investigators they had been unaware of any proof of wrongdoing on the a part of the president and mentioned they didn’t know of any proof that Mr Biden had any involvement in his household’s abroad or home enterprise ventures, in accordance to a Democratic employees memorandum obtained by The Independent.

The memorandum, which was ready by employees on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, mentioned the sequence of seven witness interviews performed over the past two months turned up nothing in the best way of derogatory proof within the long-running probe, which Republicans opened shortly after taking management of the House final yr.

Although outstanding members of the GOP such as Oversight Committee chairman James Comer have intimated that their investigation has uncovered proof of criminality by Mr Biden and members of his household, the memorandum flatly states that every of the seven witnesses mentioned “they were not aware of any evidence of any wrongdoing by President Biden or of President Biden being involved in, profiting from, or taking official actions in relation to family members’ business ventures”.

“Further, not one of these witnesses indicated they ever had any expectation of receiving or ever did receive any political favors from President Biden or his Administration,” it continued.

“Far from yielding any evidence of misconduct by President Biden, these efforts have served only to add to the mountain of evidence rebutting the Chairmen’s false claims about the President and proving that their so-called ‘impeachment inquiry’ rests on nothing but distorted and cherry-picked facts and long debunked conspiracy theories.”

Andrew Feinberg13 February 2024 04:00


Robert F Kennedy apologises to his household after ‘JFK’ Super Bowl advert

The legal professional and Covid-19 conspiracy theorist claimed he had not been consulted on the advert, although it remained pinned to the highest of his profile on X/Twitter on Monday.

The 30-second clip that appeared on Sunday, throughout one of many greatest evening’s within the US sporting calendar, appeared to intently resemble a business put out by his late uncle, former president John F Kennedy, throughout his personal 1960 presidential marketing campaign.

Mr Kennedy’s apology got here in response to a publish by Bobby Shriver, former mayor of Santa Monica and likewise a nephew of JFK, who referred to as out the presidential hopeful on his “deadly health care views”.

“My cousin’s Super Bowl ad used our uncle’s faces – and my Mother’s,” Mr Shriver wrote on X.

“She would be appalled by his deadly health care views. Respect for science, vaccines, & health care equity were in her DNA. She strongly supported my health care work at @ONECampaign & @RED which he opposes.”

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 03:30


Biden trusted much less on economic system than Trump

The incumbent president is trusted lower than his seemingly 2024 opponent on the problems of the economic system usually and inflation particularly; that’s regardless of his get together’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and a few client costs starting to drop. Democrats are shedding on the difficulty as a result of a few of the most noticeable bills for Americans — meals, housing, and power — stay stubbornly excessive. The Biden administration’s crowing about wage will increase and low unemployment haven’t satisfied Americans that the economic system is in a great place, not whereas homelessness is at its highest-ever-recorded level within the United States and affording primary necessities stays tough.

A glimmer of hope for Mr Biden within the ballot could possibly be discovered, nonetheless. A transparent majority of Americans — 66 per cent — oppose the thought of Donald Trump having immunity from prosecution for crimes allegedly dedicated throughout his presidency, a consequence that means voters stay open-minded concerning the potential verdicts in his 4 prison prosecutions.

John Bowden13 February 2024 03:00


Biden marketing campaign shares clip of CNN host noting Trump’s ‘complete incoherent rambling’

Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 02:30


Voters seem to have little understanding of the politics enjoying out on Capitol Hill

It appears as if voters have little understanding of the politics enjoying out on Capitol Hill surrounding border safety as properly as funding for Ukraine and Israel. Mr Biden’s personal unpopularity and different points are weighing down the president’s belief numbers on these two conflicts as properly; he now trails Mr Trump on each points.

It’s not to say Democrats shouldn’t have the ammunition they want. Chaos continues to flourish within the House of Representatives, the place the GOP tried and failed to impeach Mr Biden’s secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, final week. Then there’s Mr Trump’s very public makes an attempt to kill the Senate’s immigration talks — and his beautiful declaration this weekend that he would violate Article 5 of the Nato contract if a member-state which not sufficiently contributing to regional defence was attacked by Russia. The strongest assaults on that latter subject previously day have come from Nikki Haley, whereas Democrats fume on the media over protection of a particular counsel’s investigative report which accused the president of affected by reminiscence points.

John Bowden13 February 2024 02:00


Former Clinton Labor Secretary calls Trump ‘dangerous stooge for Putin’

Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 01:30