Donald Trump probably wanted to carry out his threats: The former US president was planning to leave the NATO alliance in his second term. A new book reports on personal conversations.
Former US President Donald Trump is said to have hinted in a new book before last year’s elections that he would seek a US exit from NATO and an end to the alliance with South Korea in the event of a second term. This is what the Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker write in their book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” “), from which the newspaper published an excerpt in advance on Tuesday.
At meetings with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other top employees, Trump’s advisors warned him that the steps he had considered in personal talks before the November 3rd election would be politically dangerous. “Yes, in the second term,” Trump was quoted in the preprint. “We’ll do it in the second term.” Republican Trump lost the election to Democrat Joe Biden. Biden made a clear commitment to the alliance at the NATO summit last month.
Trump had already threatened the US to withdraw from NATO during his first term in office. He criticized the fact that European NATO partners like Germany let the US protect them, but paid too little for their defense themselves. Among other things, Trump had asked South Korea for more money to station US soldiers in the country. The book by Leonnig and Rucker is due to appear in the USA on Tuesday next week.