As the current president, President Biden’s leadership has strengthened NATO to its greatest and most vital state. According to spokesman Andrew Bates, NATO is now in a better position than ever before due to Biden’s experienced leadership. However, there are concerns that if Trump is re-elected, he may damage the core of the alliance and encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to try military moves against his neighbors. This fear has led European countries to call for an independent strengthening of the European Union army as a reserve in case of loss of American support.
Congress also passed legislation in December stating that the president cannot order withdrawal from NATO without a two-thirds majority in the Senate. While this is a positive step towards ensuring America’s commitment to NATO, commentators warn that it may not be enough. Ivo Daehler, who was the US ambassador to NATO under President Barack Obama, stated that it is important for Congress to overwhelmingly support America’s membership in NATO but that this does not prevent the US from reducing or completely stopping its commitment to the alliance.
During his rally, Trump also spoke out against foreign aid budget proposals currently being debated in Congress, including $14.1 billion in security assistance to Israel and $60.1 billion to Ukraine. Under Trump’s orders, Republicans continue to block the approval of aid on the grounds that they want the Biden administration to crack down on illegal immigration at the Mexican border, even though a bipartisan bill designed to address this issue has been drafted in the Senate.
In response to criticism about her son’s leadership style as commander-in-chief, former first lady Melania Trump tweeted: “Michael is stationed to serve our country, something you understand nothing about.” She defended her son’s decision not to seek reelection and called on him not to run again in 2022.