Clinton, Cheney bash Trump for NATO remarks

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A pair of Donald Trump’s longtime adversaries attacked the former president on Monday for saying he would “encourage” Russia to attack any NATO country that doesn’t meet its financial obligation to the defense alliance.

“Trump sells out our NATO allies to Putin. This should be front-page news of every paper in the country,” former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
posted on X
. “These are the stakes of 2024.”

Former Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who
lost her seat
in 2022 after denouncing Trump, said NATO is essential to deterring war and defending U.S. national security.

“No sane American President would encourage Putin to attack our NATO allies. No honorable American leaders would excuse or endorse this,” she also
wrote on X
.


Speaking at a campaign rally
in South Carolina on Saturday, Trump said that, while in office, he told NATO leaders that he would “encourage” Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” to alliance members that don’t meet the group’s spending targets.

Each of the 31 NATO countries are supposed to
commit at least 2 percent
of their wealth to defense spending for the alliance within a decade. Trump has
repeatedly bashed
those who haven’t met the goal, while the United States has.

GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley also bashed Trump for the remarks,
telling POLITICO Playbook
that “it’s the kind of comment that makes Joe Biden look clear-headed.”

His comment “should send a chill up everyone’s spine,” Haley said, adding it is “lacking moral clarity.”

Democrats and some Republicans
were also quick to condemn
Trump, though many Republicans
weren’t concerned
by his remarks.

In Europe, however, leaders
reacted with disbelief
to Trump’s insistence that Russia should attack neighboring countries.

“Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines our security,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a Norwegian television outlet on Sunday. “I expect the U.S. to remain a strong and devoted ally of NATO, whoever wins the presidential election.”

This post was originally published on Politico

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