If President Donald Trump is re-elected, the 29-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) will be a thing of the past, former Vice President and front-runner in the 2020 presidential primary Joe Biden claimed on Tuesday night.
Biden, speaking at the Ohio Democratic presidential debate on 15 October, addressed foreign policy issues as he underscored that NATO's Article 5 states that an attack on one member is an attack on all of them.
Trump has questioned whether or not he'll "keep that sacred commitment," Biden claimed.
"If he is re-elected, I promise you, there will be no NATO. Our security will be vastly underrated, we'll be in real trouble."
The fact is, "we have an erratic, crazy president who knows not a damn thing about foreign policy," Biden continued, insisting that the president "operates out of fear for his own re-election."
Earlier this year, as the Democratic debate season started, former US Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said in Florida that NATO’s fate looked bleak if the current US President were re-elected:
“We know NATO will fall apart if he [Trump] is elected four more years; it's the single most consequential alliance in the history of the US,” stated Biden.
'One Should Hope Biden's Prognosis is Correct' - Prof
"One should hope that Biden’s prognosis is correct in the event that Trump is re-elected and wish that it could be correct even if he isn’t. The original purpose of NATO as a weapon of western interest during the Cold War has long since disappeared to be replaced as an opportunistic additional incubus that diverts valuable planetary resource to increasingly fabricated and dangerous pretexts for war at a time when the planet is screaming for protection from the ravages of corporate climate change", Joseph Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, says.
Trump's Criticism of NATO
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised NATO, including for the weighting of contributions to the organisation made by members.
Even before taking office, Trump challenged the alliance’s usefulness.
“I don’t mind NATO per se, but it has to be reconstituted, it has to be modernised,” Mr. Trump said in March 2016 on “Fox and Friends”.
“You know, we’re dealing with NATO from the days of the Soviet Union, which no longer exists. We need to either transition into terror or we need something else, because we have to get countries together.”© AP Photo / Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump listens as acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks during an expanded bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Trump has made defence spending his main talking point on NATO, as in 2018 the US President told NATO leaders they should increase their defense spending to four percent of their respective countries' economic output, double the group's current goal of two percent; he specifically lashed out at Germany, criticising it for refusing to meet the goal.