Former Defense Secretary Deems Trump A Global Worry For Railing Against NATO


In a new appearance on CNN, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who served in the presidential administration of Bill Clinton, lambasted former President Donald Trump over the antagonism that he has expressed towards the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Trump has suggested that he would refuse to provide security assistance to a fellow NATO member if they were attacked but had fallen short of financial obligations that Trump imagined bound the alliance’s multi-continental members. Cohen took it as a given that Trump just wants to pull back, at least somewhat, from NATO, although restrictions passed as part of a defense spending bill since Trump left office mean that no U.S. president can unilaterally withdraw from the mutual defense organization.

“Last week, as you know, NATO approved a new plan that gives the NATO alliance more control over military aid going into Ukraine, a move officials say is due in part to the possibility that former President Trump could potentially win the U.S. presidential election and curtail a lot of that aid. What do you make of all of this?” asked CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

“Well, I think the European allies are justifiably worried,” Cohen replied on the air, according to news network transcripts. “You talked earlier about President Putin being in North Korea. I think it’s time for the American people, the American Congress to wake up and smell the gunpowder. Putin is now doing business, certainly a strategic relationship with China. He now has a transactional relationship with North Korea. […] We have to put our emphasis on having allies. NATO is the most successful military political alliance in the history of the world. And you have a former president who wants to undo it.”

In the meantime, Trump’s political corner has also expressed some continuing opposition to the aid that the United States has been providing for Ukraine amid its ongoing war with Russia.