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Trump’s NATO threat denounced across Europe

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The European Union‘s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said on Monday that NATO cannot be an ‘a la carte’ military alliance dependent on the whims of the US president, as he responded to comments made by Donald Trump regarding NATO over the weekend, according to Reuters.

Former US president Trump had suggested the United States might not protect NATO allies which don’t spend enough on their own defence from a potential Russian invasion.

Asked to respond to Trump’s comments, Borrell said: “NATO cannot be an ‘a la carte’ military alliance… depending on the humour of the president of the U.S.”

European leaders reacted with disbelief to former US President Donald Trump’s comments on Saturday that he would “encourage” Russia to attack any NATO member that didn’t pay enough for defense, according to Politico.

“Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines our security,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Norwegian TV channel TV2 on Sunday. “I expect the US to remain a strong and devoted ally of NATO, whoever wins the presidential election,” he added.