Donald Trump Unveils Conditions for US Stay in NATO Amid Frustration

"NATO has to treat the U.S. fairly, because if it's not for the United States, NATO literally doesn't even exist," Trump said

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Donald Trump Unveils Conditions for US Stay in NATO Amid Frustration
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While many have speculated in recent months that the U.S. could leave NATO if Donald Trump became the new president, he emphasized that he has no such intentions. In an interview with the British TV channel GB News, Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to NATO but confirmed that he does not want European countries to take advantage of American support. Trump believes that NATO leaders must treat the U.S. fairly, stressing the crucial role the U.S. plays in NATO.

Donald Trump is known for often being critical of NATO and some of their moves. The former US president points out that NATO must act differently in some cases, and demands fair treatment for everyone.

"NATO has to treat the U.S. fairly, because if it's not for the United States, NATO literally doesn't even exist," Trump said, as quoted by POLITICO!

Donald Trump responded to a journalist's question about whether the U.S. intends to react if one of the NATO members is attacked. He pointed out that the United States would react immediately, but he emphasized again that he demands fair treatment from European countries.

“Yeah. But you know, the United States should pay its fair share, not everybody else's fair share," Trump said.

Donald believes that European countries benefit more from NATO than the United States.

"We have an ocean in between some problems ... we have a nice big, beautiful ocean. [NATO] is more important for [European countries], they will take an advantage."- he continued.

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He confirmed that the United States will react adequately if everyone plays fair, there is no doubt about that.

"Yes. 100 percent," Trump said.


Let's remind ourselves that the former US president emphasized at one of his rallies a month ago that the United States has no intention of protecting any country that does not pay its bills. 

His opinion stands in stark contrast to that of Joe Biden, the current US president. Trump is angry because many countries are not paying their bills. 

He then confirmed that he has no intention of defending those countries that do not pay their bills. Known for his sharp and rigid views, Trump has once again managed to attract the attention of European leaders and ordinary citizens. Many consider his statements dangerous and stressed that Trump's attitudes can only worsen the situation in the world.

“I’ve been saying, ‘Look, if they’re not going to pay, we’re not going to protect, OK?’ And [Joe] Biden who said, ‘Oh, this is so bad. This is so terrible that he would say that.’ No … nobody’s paying their bills.

One of the heads of the countries said, ‘Does that mean that if we don’t pay the bills, that you’re not going to protect us?’ That’s exactly what it means. I’m not going to protect you.”- Trump said, as quoted by The Guardian.

Donald Trump: Nato countries have to pay up

According to some information, the United States pay nearly the most as a percentage of GDP, specifically 3.5%. Ahead of them is only Poland, which spends 3.9%. The former US president emphasized that NATO leaders view the situation with disdain, firmly convinced of Americans' naivety. He wants NATO members to be more engaged and willing to contribute an equal share of money. Trump continued his speech by confirming that this is the only way for NATO to be strong and secure.

Frustrated with the political leadership of the US, Trump wants to see a different picture in the future, believing that he can be the first step toward change.

"So the Nato countries have to pay up. They’re not paying up, they’re not paying what they should and they laugh at the stupidity of the United States of America, where we have a guy that gives $60bn every time somebody comes and asks for it. We shouldn’t be doing that. They’re laughing at us. They think we’re the stupid country because of our leadership.”- he continued.

Joe Biden strongly disagreed with what the former president said and called it shocking. He said it's not right for any US president to act that way, especially when it comes to being too friendly with a leader from Russia. 

Former U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and former Vice President Joe Biden (R) congratulate U.S. President Donald Trump after he
Former U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and former Vice President Joe Biden (R) congratulate U.S. President Donald Trump after he© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News
 

Looking at the history of relations between these two countries, there are rare moments when these two countries had a good relationship. Although there were tendencies towards this, it seems that they could never fully find a common word.

Biden promised to always stand up to Russian dictators and reminded everyone that the US keeps its promises, especially when it comes to agreements like NATO, which he said is very important to the country.

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