Disgraced former president says he’d tell Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” if NATO countries don’t cough up

Source: NBC News

Former President Donald Trump said Saturday he would encourage Russia to ‘do whatever the hell they want’ if it attacked a NATO country that didn’t pay enough for defense. Speaking to supporters at a rally in South Carolina, Trump recounted an exchange from his time in office with the leader of a ‘big country’ who asked whether they would be protected if Russia attacked. Trump said he told the leader that the U.S. government would not protect the bloc if they didn’t pay their fair share in defense spending. ‘I said: ‘You didn’t pay? You’re delinquent?’’ Trump recalled. ‘No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You got to pay. You got to pay your bills,’ he added.” (02/11/24)