Biden slams Trump criticism of Nato as 'shameful'

Biden slams Trump criticism of Nato as 'shameful'
Biden slams Trump criticism of Nato as 'shameful'

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden has blasted criticism of Nato by his likely 2024 election challenger, Donald Trump, as "dumb", "shameful" and "un-American".

The Democrat assailed Trump for saying he would "encourage" Russia to attack any Nato member that did not meet its defence spending quota.

Biden said the remarks underscored the urgency of passing a $95bn (£75bn) foreign aid package for US allies.

The bill just passed the Senate, but it faces political headwinds in the House.

At the White House on Tuesday, Biden said a failure to pass the package — which includes $60bn for Ukraine — would be "playing into Putin's hands".

He said the stakes have risen because of Trump's "dangerous" remarks over the weekend.

"No other president in history has ever bowed down to a Russian dictator," Biden said.

"Let me say this as clearly as I can. I never will. For God's sake. It's dumb. It's shameful. It's dangerous. It's un-American."

At a rally on Saturday in South Carolina, Trump, a Republican, criticised "delinquent" payments by Nato members.

He recounted a past conversation he said he had had with the head of "a big country" about a potential attack by Russia.

Trump said the official had asked if the US would defend a Nato member that had not met its financial obligations.

"I said: 'You didn't pay? You're delinquent?'" Trump told the crowd. "'No I would not protect you, in fact I would encourage them to do whatever they want. You gotta pay.'"

Biden said his predecessor was treating the military alliance like a protection racket.

"As long as I'm president," he said, "if Putin attacks a Nato ally, the United States will defend every inch of Nato territory."

Biden noted that the only time Nato has invoked Article 5 — part of its charter stipulating that an attack on any member state requires collective defence by all — was after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

In a message aimed at House Republicans, the president said: "Are you going to stand with Ukraine or are you going to stand with Putin? Will you stand with America or Trump?"

According to a report in the Financial Times, Nato will announce on Wednesday that 18 of its 31 members will this year hit their targets of spending 2% of gross domestic product on their defence budgets.

Of Nato members, only one — Poland — spends a greater share of its GDP on defence than the US.

In 2016, only five Nato members met the same target, prompting harsh criticism from Trump, who repeatedly suggested the US might withdraw from the alliance. — BBC

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