The White House has sharply criticized former President Donald Trump for his recent remarks on NATO, labeling them as 'appalling and unhinged.'
The criticism came after Trump's comments at a South Carolina rally, where he discussed his administration's dealings with NATO and his views on foreign aid.
White House Response:
White House spokesperson Andrew Bates highlighted President Biden's role in strengthening NATO, stating, "Thanks to President Biden’s experienced leadership, NATO is now the largest and most vital it has ever been."
Bates condemned Trump's suggestions about encouraging invasions of allies, describing them as endangering American national security, global stability, and the domestic economy.
Trump's Controversial Statements:
At the rally, Trump described NATO as “busted” before his presidency and questioned the obligations of member countries regarding their financial contributions to the alliance.
He shared an anecdote where he told a foreign leader he would not protect them from an attack due to their financial delinquency, even suggesting encouragement of hostile actions against them.
Senate Foreign Aid Bill:
The former president also criticized a Senate foreign aid bill, advocating for the U.S. to offer aid as loans instead.
The Senate recently moved forward with a $95.3 billion aid package, which includes funding for Ukraine and Israel, following the collapse of a bipartisan deal merging foreign aid with border security reforms.
Trump had vehemently opposed the failed deal, calling it a "death wish" for his party and expressing strong views on border control via social media.