During the rally, President Trump came out against the foreign aid budget proposal currently being debated in Congress, which includes $14.1 billion in security aid to Israel and $60.1 billion to Ukraine. He also criticized NATO countries for not meeting their defense obligations and accused them of taking advantage of American defense and US taxpayers’ money.
However, while he was in office, Trump did not take any real steps against NATO and the fear is that if he is re-elected, he could damage the core of the alliance and encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to try military moves against his neighbors. To address this concern, European countries have called for strengthening the military of the European Union independently as a backup in case of loss of American support.
Congress has passed a law that states a president cannot order a withdrawal from NATO without a two-thirds majority in the Senate, but commentators have warned that this may not be enough to prevent the US from reducing or completely stopping its commitment to NATO. Ivo Daehler, who was the US ambassador to NATO under President Barack Obama, cautioned that it is important for Congress overwhelmingly supports American membership in NATO and urged them to do so.
Meanwhile, at home, Trump’s criticism of foreign aid has been met with opposition from some politicians and commentators who argue that such aid is crucial for maintaining peace and stability in these regions. “Michael is stationed to serve our country,” one critic tweeted on Network X. “Someone who continues to disrespect the sacrifices of the families of military personnel has no ability to be the commander-in-chief.”