WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (Feb 13) blasted his predecessor Donald Trump’s feedback on NATO, saying they’ve raised the stakes for Congress to approve new funding to assist Ukraine.
Biden referred to as “harmful” and “un-American” Trump’s remark that he wouldn’t wish to defend NATO members from a future assault by Russia if these nations’ contributions to the defence alliance have been lagging.
On the White Home, the Democrat sharply rebuked Trump’s remark over the weekend calling into query the US willingness to assist members of the Western defence alliance in the event that they have been attacked.
Biden mentioned Trump’s remark made it extra pressing that Congress go his long-stalled funding request to assist Ukraine’s defence in opposition to Russia.
“The stakes have been already excessive for American safety earlier than this invoice was handed within the Senate final night time,” he mentioned. “However in current days, these stakes have risen. And that is as a result of the previous president has despatched a harmful and shockingly, frankly un-American sign to the world.”
On Saturday, the Republican Trump complained throughout a political rally in South Carolina about what he referred to as “delinquent” funds by NATO members and recounted what he mentioned was a previous dialog with the pinnacle of “a giant nation” a couple of potential assault by Russia.
“No, I might not defend you. In truth, I might encourage them (Russia) to do regardless of the hell they need. You gotta pay,” Trump mentioned he informed the unnamed chief.
In remarks calling for Republican Speaker Mike Johnson to deliver a Senate-passed US$95.34 billion navy help bundle for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan to a vote within the Home of Representatives, Biden mentioned of Trump’s feedback: “For God’s sake, it is dumb, it is shameful, it is harmful, it is un-American.”
Biden mentioned failing to assist Ukraine conflict funding would quantity to assist for Russian President Vladimir Putin, including that his assaults might transfer past Ukraine’s borders deeper into Europe.