Former US President Donald Trump (File photo)
Donald Trump, likely Republican candidate against Joe Biden in the November presidential election, threatened on Saturday in the event of re-election to no longer defend NATO countries which do not devote a large enough part of their budget to defense , even going so far as to encourage Russia to attack them.
The former American president regularly criticizes other member countries for not meet their commitments in terms of military spending.
NATO remains ready and capable of defending all Allies, the NATO Secretary General insisted in his press release. Any attack on NATO will result in a united and forceful response, he added.
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I am confident that the United States will remain a strong and committed NATO Ally, regardless of who wins the presidential election, he added.
The White House reacted strongly to the former president's comments. Encouraging the invasion of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and senseless, said its spokesperson Andrew Bates.