Trump’s NATO comments spark political storm as Russia remains silent

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Former US President Donald Trump pictured during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House, London, December 3, 2019.

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Former US head of state and presidential candidate Donald Trump stoked the ire of US lawmakers and international leaders after saying he would not protect NATO countries from Russian attacks if they fall behind on their membership payments.

At a rally in South Carolina on Saturday, Trump said that as president, he warned NATO allies that he would “encourage” Russia “to do whatever it wants” to a member country that did not meet its spending guidelines in defending. .

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