Trump’s ‘biggest foreign policy blunder’ will hurt US and allies
President Donald Trump’s decision to drop the US from a NATO alliance was the biggest foreign policy disaster of his presidency, experts say.
The decision to withdraw from the military alliance came days after a visit by the president to the Russian city of St Petersburg, where the Kremlin and Putin were both expected to sign a deal on gas supplies to Ukraine.
The White House said the US will stay out of the alliance “until we fully understand the full implications of the decision”, which it said would affect US national security.
The move has drawn criticism from Nato members Russia and the US, which have threatened to pull their members out of NATO.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis was due to visit Moscow in the next week, but was replaced by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and replaced by Gen. John Kelly, who had been Trump’s chief of staff.
“The whole purpose of NATO is to defend Europe, and the president has failed that.” “
Mr Trump’s move to scrap the alliance, which he said was obsolete, came amid mounting criticism from other Nato members and the United Nations Security Council over his decision to end the US’ participation in the alliance. “
The whole purpose of NATO is to defend Europe, and the president has failed that.”
Mr Trump’s move to scrap the alliance, which he said was obsolete, came amid mounting criticism from other Nato members and the United Nations Security Council over his decision to end the US’ participation in the alliance.
US President Donald J. Trump waves after leaving the Nato summit in Brussels, Belgium, on January 11, 2021.
The US withdrew from the alliance last year.
Mr Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the decision was a “big deal” and that “the world’s greatest military alliance” had to be respected.
The president also called NATO allies “weak and ineffective”.
The White, House, Mattis and Kelly were scheduled to sign the agreement on gas supply between Ukraine and Russia on January 20.
But the deal collapsed on Tuesday, with the Russians saying it would not be enough to avoid supplying Ukraine with gas.
In a statement, the Kremlin said the new gas deal “would have been more valuable than the previous one”.
Mr Mattis said on Tuesday the withdrawal from the European Union “was a mistake” and the decision will have a “severe and detrimental impact” on US national defence and the Nato alliance.
“Our alliance is essential to ensuring the safety of our allies, and it is essential for the peace and security of the world,” Mr Mattis added.