Mitt Romney says Trump re-election could upend NATO order

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has warned that a second term with Donald Trump as president could upend the NATO alliance.

ā€œI think if President Trump came back as president, the nations of the world would say they really have to rethink their own national security and the extent to which they want to be aligned with us and rather be aligned with someone another,” Romney told Kasie Hunt in an interview for CNN+ published Tuesday.

When asked if Trump had permanently damaged NATO, Romney – one of the few prominent Republicans willing to speak out against Trump – said the former US president’s approach ‘frightens other members’ .

As president, Trump criticized NATO allies for spending too little on defense and reduced the US contribution to the collective NATO budget from 22% to around 16% in 2019, according to CNN. The United States spent 3.7% of its GDP on defense in 2020, surpassing the other 29 member countries of the alliance, according to the BBC.

John Bolton, a former national security adviser to Trump, told the Washington Post earlier this month that Russian President Vladimir Putin expected Trump to pull out of NATO if he won a second mandate.

“In a second Trump term, I think he may well have pulled out of NATO,” Bolton said. “And I think Putin was expecting that.”

President Joe Biden sought to reaffirm US commitment to NATO amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by attending a summit in Brussels last week.

Trump, 75, has not declared himself the 2024 presidential candidate but has repeatedly teased a comeback.


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