Donald Trump in 2024 State of the Union address


On War & Peace: Russia can do what they want to unpaid-up NATO members

Biden said, "My predecessor tells Putin, 'Do whatever the hell you want.' That's a quote. A former president actually said that--bowing down to a Russian leader--I think it's outrageous, it's dangerous, and it's unacceptable." Did Trump really say that?

CNN FactCheck 2/10/24: "NATO was busted until I came along," Trump said at a rally in South Carolina. "I said, 'Everybody's gonna pay.' They said, 'Well, if we don't pay, are you still going to protect us?' I said, 'Absolutely not.' They couldn't believe the answer." Trump said "one of the presidents of a big country" asked him whether the US would still defend the country if they were invaded by Russia even if they "don't pay."

"No, I would not protect you," Trump recalled telling that president. "In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You got to pay. You got to pay your bills." [Conclusion: Yes, Trump said Russia could do what they want, but only to NATO members who didn't pay their bills.]

Source: CNN FactCheck on 2024 State of the Union address Feb 18, 2024

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