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Trump's NATO remark sparks political storm in world capitals

Shamim Adam, Bloomberg News on

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Stoltenberg said he expects “that regardless of who wins the presidential election, the U.S. will remain a strong and committed NATO ally.”

Still, there’s concern among officials from NATO members that Trump may be headed back to the White House as he rapidly closes in on the Republican nomination.

European Council President Charles Michel said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that “reckless statements” about NATO’s security and solidarity only serve the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

European Commissioner Thierry Breton told LCI television that Europe would be able to deal with the U.S. if Trump were elected, but that US democracy was “sick.” “We in Europe cannot play heads or tails every four years depending on the outcome of this or that election,” he said.

Trump has already shown that “he values being close to Putin more than to democratic transatlantic partners, and is accordingly prepared to disregard international obligations,” Omid Nouripour, a co-leader of Germany’s Greens party and part of the ruling coalition, was quoted as saying Sunday by the Funke media group.


Trump on Saturday said Russia’s war in Ukraine must end and reiterated his disapproval for sending more aid overseas as the Senate seeks to move forward with a package to provide emergency funding for Ukraine and Israel.

“We got to get that war settled and I’ll get it settled,” Trump said at the rally.


(With assistance from Stephanie Lai, Alicia Diaz, Ania Nussbaum, Iain Rogers, Colin Keatinge, Christine Burke, Natalia Drozdiak and Erik Wasson.)

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