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(125,634 posts)
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 05:24 AM Feb 12

Republicans Blast Trump Over Threat to Abandon NATO Allies

Source: US News and World Report/Reuters

Feb. 12, 2024, at 12:02 a.m.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of former President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans on Sunday lashed out at him for saying he would not want to protect NATO members from a future attack by Russia if those countries' contributions to the defense alliance were lagging.

"This is why I've been saying for a long time that he's unfit to be president of the United States," former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

During a political rally on Saturday in South Carolina, Trump complained about what he called "delinquent" payments by some NATO countries and recounted what he said was a past conversation with the head of "a big country" about an attack by Russia on such countries.

"No, I would not protect you. In fact I would encourage them (Russia) to do whatever the hell they want. You gotta pay," Trump said he told the unnamed leader. The remarks prompted rebukes from the White House, which called them "appalling and unhinged," as well as from other top Western officials.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2024-02-12/republicans-blast-trump-over-threat-to-abandon-nato-allies

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KS Toronado

(16,345 posts)
3. Not all congress critters are upset with him
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 07:41 AM
Feb 12

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close ally of Trump's, told Reuters in a brief hallway interview that he disagreed "with the way he (Trump) said it," referring to the NATO remarks. Graham added: "Russia didn't invade anybody when he was president and if he's president again they won't."

"Virtually every American president at some point, in some way, has complained about other countries in NATO not doing enough. Trump's just the first one to express it in these terms. But I have zero concern, because he's been president before," Senator Marco Rubio said in an interview with CNN.

Jason Miller, senior Trump campaign advisor, in a statement sidestepped the remark encouraging Russia to take on some NATO allies, saying: "Democrat and media pearl-clutchers seem to have forgotten that we had four years of peace and prosperity under President Trump," while leveling attacks against Biden.

Justice matters.

(6,809 posts)
13. 4 years of peace?? Syria... Ukraine (yes there were Russian attacks on the borders)...
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 02:18 PM
Feb 12

Afghanistan? ISIS terrorists?


(2,585 posts)
14. Four years of peace and prosperity
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 02:18 PM
Feb 12

under "President" trump. Yeah, right. Man... I AM getting old... I remember those four years a whole lot differently from Jason Miller!


(12,267 posts)
17. Not to mention thousands dead from a pandemic
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 03:44 PM
Feb 12

Fat Elvis thought was a conspiracy by democrats and Chinese and maybe gays. It kept changing.


(5,620 posts)
5. Should read "Has-Been Republicans Blast Trump Over Threat to Abandon NATO Allies."
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 08:18 AM
Feb 12

Because the current ones all have their lips firmly planted on his ass.


(8,879 posts)
6. Glad to see another Republican slamming Trump.
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 09:09 AM
Feb 12

As long as these criticisms are simple enough that magas can understand them, they will be effective. And I think this
one is.

Wonder Why

(2,675 posts)
7. "Some of former President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans" says it all. The Party needs to lose big time as so few,
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 09:25 AM
Feb 12

even now, are willing to stand up for the Constitution, the Rule of Law, the American People, and Democracy itself.


(5,620 posts)
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 11:02 AM
Feb 12
Republicans are a bunch of gutless fucking cowards

- Jeff Tiedrich


ok, actually there was one Republican who criticized Trump: Nikki Haley — but right now that’s her job as a candidate, to tepidly whisper the occasional truth about her opponent.

watch what happens after she inevitably drops out of the presidential race. if you don’t think she’ll immediately endorse Trump, and join the rest of the GOP herd in refusing to denounce him, I have six bankrupt casinos in Atlantic City to sell you.


(13,703 posts)
9. When Trumpsky says, "you gotta pay your bills" it's akin to him saying, "you gotta obey the law."
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 11:16 AM
Feb 12

"You" means other people.


(172 posts)
12. What current republicans in Congress are condemning him?
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 01:25 PM
Feb 12

I haven't heard any current Republican in Congress or a Republican Governor condemn him. Christie can say whatever he wants with no repercussions.


(80,194 posts)
15. Stinks too bad even for some Repubs?
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 02:30 PM
Feb 12

I see only Chris Christie’s name mentioned. Are the rest of ‘em cowering in fear?


(2,210 posts)
16. Yes they are.
Mon Feb 12, 2024, 02:55 PM
Feb 12

But I don't believe them. I think they are vocal in their support for stinky to keep from falling out of windows, but in November, they will all vote for Biden, not vote for either one, or write in someone, which is the same as a no vote

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