Joint Chiefs of Staff Says Trump Crossed The Line

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( – On Monday, Gen. C.Q. Brown Jr. the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, argued that the credibility of the United States was on the line. These remarks were made in response to a question about former President Donald Trump’s recent admission that he had threatened NATO allies in the past, and an argument that he would “encourage” Russian aggression if not enough was spent on collective defense. 

On Saturday during a campaign rally, Trump who is the likely Republican nominee in 2024 stated that he was going to “encourage” Russia to take any actions they wanted against countries that were “delinquent” on their military and financial contributions to NATO. 

In an interview on “NBC Nightly News” with host Lester Holt, Brown argued that he has reassured NATO allies that the United States would continue to withhold the alliance. He added that this was a “strong alliance” that had been active for 75 years and that the country had the responsibility to continue upholding it. He further pointed out that the country’s credibility was at stake and that its allies continued to need and watch the U.S. leadership. 

He added that the steps taken to secure these alliances are also important, not just when it comes to NATO but also in all other alliances that the United States has made around the world. 

On Sunday, President Joe Biden had also denounced the remarks by the former President, arguing that these statements were “appalling and dangerous.” He added that Trump with his statements was making it clear that if he won back the White House he would abandon the NATO alliance, and support Russia’s aggression.

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