Warsaw —The Secretary General of the NATO warned on Sunday that donald trump was putting the safety of the soldiers at risk. USA and his allies after the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination said that Russia should be able to do “whatever the hell I want” with alliance members that do not meet their defense spending targets.
Trump’s remarks caused deep concern in Poland, a central European country that has been mostly under Russian control since the late 18th century. Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said that “no election campaign is an excuse to play with the security of the alliance.”
Speaking Saturday at a rally in Conway, South Carolina, Trump recalled how as president he told an unnamed NATO member that he would “encourage” Russia to do whatever it wanted in cases of NATO allies who were “delinquent.” .”
“Haven’t you paid? Are you a defaulter? ”Trump said that was what he commented to said member. “’No, I wouldn’t protect them. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever they want. You have to pay. You have to pay your bills.’”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the 31 allies are committed to defending each other.
“NATO remains ready and able to defend all allies. “Any attack against NATO will be met with a united and forceful response,” Stoltenberg stated. “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the United States, and puts American and European soldiers at greater risk.”
Stoltenberg added in his statement that he hopes that, “regardless of who wins the presidential election, the United States will remain a strong and committed NATO ally.”
The German government had no official comment on Trump’s remarks, but the country’s Foreign Ministry released a statement Sunday morning noting NATO’s principle of solidarity.