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Donald Trump has been rebuked by President Joe Biden after proclaiming throughout a marketing campaign rally in South Carolina that he would “encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to any nation that’s “delinquent” in assembly its monetary commitments to Nato.
President Biden was incensed by the remarks, commenting: “Serving as commander-in-chief is the ultimate responsibility and one that should weigh heavily on the individuals that hold this office.
“Trump’s admission that he intends to give Vladimir Putin a green light for more war and violence, to continue his brutal assault against a free Ukraine, and to expand his aggression to the people of Poland and the Baltic States is appalling and dangerous.
“Sadly, they are also predictable coming from a man who is promising to rule as a dictator like the ones he praises on day one if he returns to the Oval Office.”
Mr Trump was additionally chastised by his major opponent Nikki Haley, who warned him to not “take the side of a thug”, whereas his rhetoric drew a divided response from his fellow Republicans.
The candidate in any other case spent the Super Bowl weekend vainly courting the assist of pop celebrity Taylor Swift.
Trump’s Nato remarks ‘not a sensible approach’, Lord Cameron says
Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US wouldn’t shield Nato allies failing to spend sufficient on defence was “not a sensible approach”, the UK Foreign Secretary has mentioned.
Lord David Cameron turned the primary Cabinet minister to explicitly criticise the remarks made by the Republican presidential frontrunner on Saturday.
Downing Street later insisted the Prime Minister is assured the US will proceed to be a reliable ally no matter who wins the nation’s election later this yr.
Of course we would like all international locations, like us, to spend 2% (of GDP), however I believe what was mentioned was not a smart method.
Nina Lloyd13 February 2024 08:00
The world takes Trump’s Nato feedback actually, whereas Maga takes them significantly
In 2012, Romney, then the Republican presidential nominee, famously known as Russia “without question, our number one geopolitical foe.” Democrats dismissed him as daft in a world with al-Qaeda and China on the rise. Barack Obama chided him and mentioned “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its meddling within the 2016 presidential election and its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 vindicated Romney and confirmed the specter of President Vladimir Putin. But by that time, the GOP had moved on from the Reagan-Bush-Romney worldview and embraced one other businessman-turned-politician in Donald Trump.
This weekend, when he held a rally in South Carolina, Trump all however goaded Putin into invading European international locations when he recalled that he instructed a head of state of a Nato nation speaking about Russia throughout his presidency that if the nation didn’t pay its obligations “I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want.”
Eric Garcia13 February 2024 07:00
VIDEO: ‘Reckless comments undermining the credibility of allied countries’: Global leaders slam Trump’s NATO remark
‘Reckless comments undermining the credibility of allied countries’: Global leaders slam Trump’s NATO remark
Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 06:00
Trump’s ‘outrageous’ Nato feedback make allies ‘wonder whether they can rely on America’, warns Romney
Mr Romney, now a Utah Senator after being the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and serving because the governor of Massachusetts, instructed The Independent on Monday: “He says outrageous things to get people riled up. It works at the rallies. Unfortunately, it also has an impact around the world where our friends wonder whether they can rely on America.”
This comes after stories concerning Mr Trump telling prime European Union officers that the US would by no means assist Europe if it was attacked.
Thierry Breton, a French EU commissioner, mentioned throughout a roundtable dialogue in Brussels early final month that Mr Trump made the feedback in January 2020 when chatting with the president of the fee, Ursula Von Der Leyen, a former German defence minister.
“You need to understand that if Europe is under attack, we will never come to help you and to support you,” Mr Trump mentioned, based on Mr Breton. “By the way, NATO is dead, and we will leave, we will quit NATO.”
“And by the way, you owe me $400bn, because you didn’t pay, you Germans, what you had to pay for defence,” Mr Trump added on the time, Mr Breton mentioned.
Eric Garcia, Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 05:00
VIDEO: After Trump’s discuss of ‘unpaid bills’, how is NATO actually funded?
After Trump’s discuss of ‘unpaid bills’, how is NATO actually funded?
Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 04:30
Latest Republican impeachment witnesses fail to hyperlink Biden to household’s companies
A collection of witnesses within the House Republican impeachment probe into President Joe Biden instructed investigators they had been unaware of any proof of wrongdoing on the a part of the president and mentioned they didn’t know of any proof that Mr Biden had any involvement in his household’s abroad or home enterprise ventures, based on a Democratic workers memorandum obtained by The Independent.
The memorandum, which was ready by workers on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, mentioned the collection of seven witness interviews carried out over the past two months turned up nothing in the way in which of derogatory proof within the long-running probe, which Republicans opened shortly after taking management of the House final yr.
Although outstanding members of the GOP resembling Oversight Committee chairman James Comer have intimated that their investigation has uncovered proof of criminality by Mr Biden and members of his household, the memorandum flatly states that every of the seven witnesses mentioned “they were not aware of any evidence of any wrongdoing by President Biden or of President Biden being involved in, profiting from, or taking official actions in relation to family members’ business ventures”.
“Further, not one of these witnesses indicated they ever had any expectation of receiving or ever did receive any political favors from President Biden or his Administration,” it continued.
“Far from yielding any evidence of misconduct by President Biden, these efforts have served only to add to the mountain of evidence rebutting the Chairmen’s false claims about the President and proving that their so-called ‘impeachment inquiry’ rests on nothing but distorted and cherry-picked facts and long debunked conspiracy theories.”
Andrew Feinberg13 February 2024 04:00
Robert F Kennedy apologises to his household after ‘JFK’ Super Bowl advert
The legal professional and Covid-19 conspiracy theorist claimed he had not been consulted on the advert, although it remained pinned to the highest of his profile on X/Twitter on Monday.
The 30-second clip that appeared on Sunday, throughout one of many greatest night time’s within the US sporting calendar, appeared to intently resemble a industrial put out by his late uncle, former president John F Kennedy, throughout his personal 1960 presidential marketing campaign.
Mr Kennedy’s apology got here in response to a submit by Bobby Shriver, former mayor of Santa Monica and likewise a nephew of JFK, who known as out the presidential hopeful on his “deadly health care views”.
“My cousin’s Super Bowl ad used our uncle’s faces – and my Mother’s,” Mr Shriver wrote on X.
“She would be appalled by his deadly health care views. Respect for science, vaccines, & health care equity were in her DNA. She strongly supported my health care work at @ONECampaign & @RED which he opposes.”
Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 03:30
Biden trusted much less on financial system than Trump
The incumbent president is trusted lower than his possible 2024 opponent on the problems of the financial system typically and inflation particularly; that’s regardless of his get together’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and a few shopper costs starting to drop. Democrats are dropping on the problem as a result of a few of the most noticeable bills for Americans — meals, housing, and power — stay stubbornly excessive. The Biden administration’s crowing about wage will increase and low unemployment haven’t satisfied Americans that the financial system is in place, not whereas homelessness is at its highest-ever-recorded stage within the United States and affording fundamental necessities stays troublesome.
A glimmer of hope for Mr Biden within the ballot may very well be discovered, nonetheless. A transparent majority of Americans — 66 per cent — oppose the concept of Donald Trump having immunity from prosecution for crimes allegedly dedicated throughout his presidency, a consequence that implies voters stay open-minded in regards to the potential verdicts in his 4 legal prosecutions.
John Bowden13 February 2024 03:00
Biden marketing campaign shares clip of CNN host noting Trump’s ‘complete incoherent rambling’
Gustaf Kilander13 February 2024 02:30
Voters seem to have little understanding of the politics enjoying out on Capitol Hill
It appears as if voters have little understanding of the politics enjoying out on Capitol Hill surrounding border safety in addition to funding for Ukraine and Israel. Mr Biden’s personal unpopularity and different points are weighing down the president’s belief numbers on these two conflicts as nicely; he now trails Mr Trump on each points.
It’s to not say Democrats don’t have the ammunition they want. Chaos continues to flourish within the House of Representatives, the place the GOP tried and did not impeach Mr Biden’s secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, final week. Then there’s Mr Trump’s very public makes an attempt to kill the Senate’s immigration talks — and his gorgeous declaration this weekend that he would violate Article 5 of the Nato contract if a member-state which not sufficiently contributing to regional defence was attacked by Russia. The strongest assaults on that latter subject prior to now day have come from Nikki Haley, whereas Democrats fume on the media over protection of a particular counsel’s investigative report which accused the president of affected by reminiscence points.
John Bowden13 February 2024 02:00