The White House appeared to slam former President Trump over comments he made about NATO in a Saturday statement.
“Thanks to President Biden’s experienced leadership, NATO is now the largest and most vital it has ever been,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in the statement. “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.”
At a rally in South Carolina Saturday, the former president spoke about his time as president and how he worked with NATO. He called the organization “busted” before he entered the presidency, and seemingly made reference to contributions that the members have to make to the alliance.
“One of the presidents of a big country stood up, said, “Well, sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?’” Trump said at 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.”
At the same rally, Trump railed against a Senate foreign aid bill, saying instead that the U.S. should “give it to ‘em as a loan.”
On Friday, the Senate voted to push a $95.3 billion package with funding for Ukraine and Israel along further to passing. The package comes after the failure of a recent bipartisan deal that combined foreign aid and border security reforms.
Trump played a part in the failure of the deal that combined foreign aid and border security reforms due to his strong opposition to it. He called it a “death wish” for his party quickly after its release.
“Only a fool, or a Radical Left Democrat, would vote for this horrendous Border Bill, which only gives Shutdown Authority after 5000 Encounters a day, when we already have the right to CLOSE THE BORDER NOW, which must be done,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
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