Trump Defends His ‘Form of Negotiation’

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( – To defend himself from attacks over earlier statements he made about NATO, former President Donald Trump explained that his previous comments downplaying his NATO commitment were merely a strategy to push member nations to contribute more to the alliance’s defense.

Despite Trump making regular critiques of NATO, his strongest statement came in February when he suggested he would support Russia in attacking nations failing to meet their financial obligations.

These remarks raised concerns from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who warned against undermining collective security.

During an interview on the British network GB News, host Nigel Farage highlighted how critics were using Trump’s Russia remarks against his reelection bid.

“They can use it — I don’t care if they use it — because what I’m saying is that’s a form of negotiation,” Trump said. “Why should we guard these countries that have a lot of money and the United States was paying for most of NATO?”

While Trump has long voiced grievances about NATO, he has not demonstrated a clear understanding of its funding mechanism. He has portrayed NATO as a dues-paying club, which is not accurate.

Trump emphasized that the U.S. was unfairly footing most of NATO’s bill and stressed that NATO’s defense was more crucial to European members than to the U.S. Although NATO members pledged to spend 2 % of their GDP on defense this commitment is voluntary and does not obligate them financially to the alliance.

Apart from NATO, concerns linger about the U.S.’s support for Ukraine in its conflict against Russia. Trump expressed confidence in negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Despite ongoing tensions, Trump remains optimistic about his ability to manage relationships with global leaders like Putin.

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