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Thursday, Apr 4 2024

This F*cking Guy Hates NATO

Apr 04, 2024

Today marks the 75th anniversary of 12 nations from Europe and North America signing the Washington Treaty and the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Since the end of World War II, the alliance has fostered peace and security through the strength of cooperation and collective defense.

Despite its success, Donald Trump hates NATO and publicly shared his disdain for the organization as early as the 1980s. As president, Trump repeatedly threatened to pull the U.S. out of NATO and claimed other countries in the alliance owed the U.S. money for their membership – even though that is not how NATO operates. While in the White House, Trump refused to commit the United States to NATO’s Article 5 provision that an attack against one was an attack against all, and questioned why the U.S. should defend NATO ally Montenegro.

As a candidate in 2016, Trump proposed making collective security conditional on if a country “fulfilled their obligations” to the U.S. In 2024, Trump went even further and proposed a two-tier approach where only countries that met the 2% defense spending goal received the promise of collective security. Trump went so far as to say he would allow Russia to attack NATO states that were not meeting their 2% goal. 

“Donald Trump is hell-bent on destroying NATO and allowing his dictator friends like Vladimir Putin to walk over our allies and create global instability. Trump doesn’t clearly understand, or value, the peace and stability NATO has fostered for over 70 years. A second Trump presidency poses a clear and present danger to our national security, and the security of our allies abroad,” said American Bridge 21st Century Presidential Campaigns Communications Director, Brandon Weathersby. 

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American Bridge’s “This F*cking Guy” campaign is reminding voters of key moments from Trump’s presidency as he pursues the GOP nomination in 2024. Our Trump Research Book is up-to-date with research to help tell the full story about Trump’s failed COVID-19 response and make the case against allowing his incompetence to inhabit the White House once again. 

Published: Apr 4, 2024

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