NATO “cannot be an a la carte alliance”, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday, after Donald Trump downplayed his commitment to NATO’s security umbrella in Europe if he becomes president of the United States again.
Trump ignited a political storm and sent shivers through America’s European allies on Saturday when he said he would “encourage” Russia to attack any NATO country that failed to meet its financial obligations.
“Let’s be serious. NATO cannot be an a la carte military alliance, it cannot be a military alliance that operates according to the mood of the president of the United States,” Borrell said.
“It either exists or it doesn’t exist,” he said, adding that he was not going to continue commenting on “any stupid idea” emerging from the US presidential election campaign.
The comments by Trump – who while in office withdrew America from an international pact aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program and the Paris climate accord – drew backlash from current US President Joe Biden.
Biden called Trump’s comments “appalling and dangerous.”
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned on Sunday that “any suggestion that allies will not defend themselves would undermine our security as a whole, including that of the United States.”
Trump, 77, is all but assured of the Republican nomination for the White House in the November vote against Biden, 81.