Biden Criticizes Trump’s NATO Remarks, Labels Them ‘Dumb’ and ‘Shameful’

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President Joe Biden sharply criticized his predecessor Donald Trump, calling his suggestion to Russia to attack European allies “dumb, shameful, dangerous” and ”un-American.” Biden’s remarks occurred as the House Republican leadership refused to take up a $95 billion emergency defense spending bill that included $60 billion for Ukraine. Trump has been opposed to sending more funding to Ukraine, suggesting that such funding should come with “strings” attached and having previously told a NATO leader that Russia could do whatever it wanted if they didn’t spend more on defense.


Biden Rebukes Trump’s Invitation for Russia to Attack European Allies

President Joe Biden has strongly criticized Donald Trump’s suggestion for Russia to attack European allies, branding it “dumb, shameful, dangerous” and “un-American”. This marks one of Biden’s most severe condemnations of his predecessor as the presidential race begins. His comments were made after the House Republican leadership declined the $95 billion emergency defense spending bill, including $60 billion for Ukraine, despite it passing the Senate.

Despite not holding office for three years, Trump has retained significant influence over Republicans in Congress and has publicly opposed further funding for Ukraine. He recently suggested “strings” should be attached to Ukraine funding and told House Republicans not to endorse a bipartisan deal for Ukraine and Israel funding that would have increased Border Patrol agents.

Biden accused Trump of viewing everything as transactional and likened him to a mob boss demanding money for protection. He claimed that Trump sees NATO as a protection racket rather than an alliance protecting the US and the world, a sentiment that Biden said was shared by the global community.

“No other president in our history has ever bowed down to a Russian dictator,” Biden asserted. “I never will. It’s dumb, it’s shameful, it’s dangerous, it’s un-American.”

Biden stressed that the majority of the Senate bill’s funds would support U.S. arms factories and workers, thereby replenishing U.S. stocks when equipment is sent to Ukraine. He spotlighted several battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, Texas, and Alabama, which have munitions factories.

Since 2006, NATO countries have unanimously agreed to provide mutual defense if any member is attacked. Each country pledged to spend 2% of its GDP towards its own defense forces. While overall defense spending by NATO countries has increased since 2017, not all have fulfilled the 2% commitment. The U.S. is estimated to have spent 3.49% of GDP on defense in 2023, with only Poland spending more at 3.9%.

Biden reminded Trump that the U.S. is the only country to have ever invoked NATO’s Article Five commitments to mutual defense after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He warned about the dangers of NATO falling apart, stating that Trump’s words would have been welcomed by those wishing harm on America.

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