MADRID, 13 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Former President of the United States Donald Trump said this Monday that "it was a beautiful spectacle" to see how NATO allies began to increase their economic contributions to the Alliance after the then president threatened to withdraw their military protection against a hypothetical Russian attack if they do not comply with their contributions.
"I made NATO strong, and even the RINOS (Republicans in Name Only) and the Radical Left Democrats admit that. When I told the 20 countries that were not paying their fair share that they had to pay, and I told them that if they didn't they wouldn't have the military protection of the United States, the money poured in. After so many years in which the United States paid the bill, it was a beautiful spectacle," Trump posted on his account from the Truth Social social network.
In that sense, he has regretted that, without him in the White House, the rest of the allies have let Washington bear the majority of economic aid to Ukraine, which is why he has accused him of "not respecting anyone."
"NATO has to equalize, and now. They will do it if asked properly. Otherwise, America first! Make America Great Again (Make America Great Again, slogan used by Trump and his supporters)," he added.
Trump proclaimed last Saturday that he threatened NATO allies with withdrawing the "protection" of the United States against a hypothetical Russian attack if they did not comply with the contributions that the then president considered mandatory of 2 percent of GDP.
NATO has a goal for each member country to spend a minimum of 2 percent of GDP on Defense, which most countries are not meeting. But the Alliance clarifies that the figure is indicative and not a binding contract, nor does it imply that member countries have stopped paying their part of NATO's common budget to administer the organization.