The prospect of former US President Donald Trump winning the 2024 United States presidential election has raised significant concerns among NATO member states and diplomats, according to a report by The New York Times. The possibility of Trump's return to office has sparked fears of a drastic shift in the US's commitment to NATO and its stance on global alliances.
European Anxiety Over NATO's Future
James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral and former NATO’s supreme allied commander, expressed apprehension about the impact of Trump’s potential second term. “There is great fear in Europe that a second Trump presidency would result in an actual pullout of the United States from NATO,” he said.
Such a move is seen as a potential strategic and historic failure for the United States, with profound implications for the stability and security of the European continent. The New York Times highlighted the uncertainty among European countries regarding their approach should Trump win the next US presidential election.
Smaller countries, in particular, are speculated to possibly seek favor with Trump's administration through measures like increasing orders of American weapons or displaying overt acts of adulation.
The Ukraine Factor in Trump's Foreign Policy
Camille Grand, a former NATO assistant secretary-general for defense investment, pointed out that Trump’s handling of the Ukraine situation would be a critical indicator of his foreign policy approach if re-elected.
“Will he throw Zelenskyy under the bus in the first three months of his term?” Grand queried, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This concern underscores the broader apprehensions about Trump's reliability as an ally and his potential approach to international conflicts and alliances.
As the United States prepares for its presidential election in November 2024, with incumbent Joe Biden declaring his candidacy for re-election and Trump announcing his campaign, the international community watches closely.
The outcome of this election could have far-reaching consequences for NATO and the United States' role on the global stage.