President Biden’s leadership has strengthened NATO and made it the most vital it has ever been, thanks to his experienced leadership, said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the White House. The United States is committed to maintaining global stability, protecting American nationalism and supporting its domestic economy.
During his presidency, Trump had demanded that NATO countries meet their obligation of allocating at least two percent of their GDP for a defense budget and accused member states of taking advantage of American defense and US taxpayers’ money. While he did not take any real steps against NATO while in office, there is concern that if he is re-elected, he could damage the core of the alliance and encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to try military moves against his neighbors.
In response to this fear, European countries have called for strengthening the military dimension of the European Union independently as a backup in case of loss of American support. However, Congress approved a section of the defense budget in December that states that a president cannot order a withdrawal from NATO without a two-thirds majority in the Senate. While this may provide some protection against Trump’s potential actions, commentators have warned that it may not be enough.
During a recent rally, Trump came out against foreign aid budget proposals currently being debated in Congress, including $14.1 billion in security aid to Israel and $60.1 billion to Ukraine. At Trump’s direction, Republicans continue to block the approval of aid on the grounds that they want the Biden administration to toughen measures against illegal immigration at the Mexican border even though a bipartisan proposal designed to address this issue has been drawn up in the Senate.
Meanwhile, former First Lady Melania Trump defended her husband’s decision not to run for president again by tweeting on Network X: “Michael is stationed to serve our country something you understand nothing about.” She added: “Someone who continues to disrespect the sacrifices of military personnel families has no ability to be commander-in-chief.”