As the world grapples with an unprecedented global crisis, former President Donald Trump is raising questions about America’s commitment to its allies. In a recent speech, Trump revealed that when he was in office, he told European leaders that the US would not defend their countries if they were attacked by Russia. He emphasized that NATO members needed to pay their debts and stated that when he was president, the US would not lift a finger to defend their countries if they were attacked by Russia. This has caused concern among NATO members and others who rely on US support for their security.
The NATO alliance was established in 1949 as a collective defense agreement. Trump’s insistence that NATO members “owe money” is based on a misunderstanding. Although NATO countries agreed to devote at least 2% of their gross domestic product to their defense 18 years ago, most countries, including the largest, did not comply with this agreement. During his presidency, Trump focused on this matter and showed minimal interest in the actual security of NATO.
Trump’s announcement has worried countries along the possible front line with Russia and America’s military and political partners from Northeast Asia to the South Pacific. This explicit announcement violates the US’s signed international obligations.
In response to these concerns, former Vice President Joe Biden has pledged to strengthen American alliances and reaffirm US commitments to its NATO allies. Biden has also called for increased cooperation between the United States and its European partners in addressing global challenges such as climate change and cybersecurity threats.
Meanwhile, Nikki Haley, Trump’s opponent in the Republican primaries, is now putting the question of age and mental capacity at the center of her election campaign. Although she trails behind Trump in polls, she is highlighting his age and mental capacity as qualifications for leading the country forward into a new era of global challenges. The constitution requires a presidential candidate to be at least 35 years old, but Haley argues that this condition was established when life expectancy was much lower than it is today