Trump's NATO remarks, a sign of encouragement to Russia?

Trump's NATO remarks, a sign of encouragement to Russia?

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News Published 2024.02.22 | Yun Jang

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The remarks of former President Trump regarding NATO allies have become a controversial topic. Former President Trump emphasized during a campaign rally for presidential candidates held in South Carolina on the 11th that NATO allies should take responsibility for their own security.

The initial NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was a military alliance formed in 1949 by 12 countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. As one of the world's major international organizations, it serves as a political and military alliance among 31 member countries in Europe and North America.


The purpose of NATO's inception was to counteract post-war Russia's expansion into Europe. However, former President Trump's remarks on the 11th indicated a stance of not actively protecting European countries against Russia's aggressive actions.

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He explicitly stated that if one of the presidents were to stand up and ask, "If we don't pay and assume we're attacked by Russia, will you protect us?" he would clearly not protect them. Furthermore, he was shocked by stating that if such a situation were to occur, he would encourage them to do what they want.

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The statement not only points out the failure of countries relying on the military strength of the United States to fulfill their obligations but also encourages the use of force by hostile nations that have actually waged wars. This speech is clearly perceived as causing significant resentment among NATO allies and their citizens. 

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Meanwhile, due to the upcoming 2024 US presidential election, there is expected to be even more focus and scrutiny on such remarks.

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