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Biden condemns Trump’s comments on Russia and NATO as ‘un-American’

President Biden on Tuesday condemned former President Donald J. Trump for encouraging Russia to attack some NATO allies, calling the comments “stupid,” “shameful,” “dangerous” and “un-American” as he addressed the House Republicans implored them to defy their presumptive nominee and pass new security aid for Ukraine and Israel.

In a televised statement, Mr. Biden said a $95 billion spending package passed earlier in the day in a bipartisan vote in the Senate was essential to helping counter Russia’s “vicious attack” under President Vladimir V. Putin to repel Ukraine. And he linked the legislative debate to Mr. Trump’s campaign speech in which he sided with Moscow when it came to European allies he considered “criminal.”

“Can you imagine?” Mr. Biden told reporters at the White House. “A former president of the United States saying that? The whole world heard it. And the worst part is that he means it. No other president in our history has ever bowed to a Russian dictator. Let me say this as clearly as I can – I will never do that. For God’s sake, it’s stupid, it’s shameful, it’s dangerous, it’s un-American.”

Mr. Trump, who has long expressed his admiration for Mr. Putin and his disdain for NATO and Ukraine, boasted at a campaign rally over the weekend that he had warned NATO allies who were not spending enough on their own militaries. that he would not come to their defense if Russia attacked them, even though Article 5 of the alliance charter requires members to support each other in the event of an external attack. Not only would he not help them, Mr. Trump said, he would also “encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” against them.

Mr. Biden’s statement on Tuesday came hours after the Senate passed the security aid bill by a vote of 70-29, with 22 Republicans joining nearly all Democrats in supporting the funding. The package includes $60.1 billion for Ukraine, $14.1 billion for Israel and $9.2 billion for humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza, Ukraine and other conflict zones.

But Speaker Mike Johnson has vowed not to allow a local vote without including tough measures to combat illegal immigration. “Until the Senate receives a single border policy change, the House of Representatives must continue to impose its own will on these important matters,” he said Monday evening.

But Mr. Johnson, under pressure from Mr. Trump, who said he did not want to hand Mr. Biden a political victory, has already rejected a bipartisan border bill negotiated by a conservative Republican senator with Democratic and independent colleagues. The likelihood of consensus on a tougher package that would be acceptable to both Mr. Trump and enough Democrats to pass the Senate seems unlikely, if not impossible.

As a result, aid to Ukraine and Israel remains the subject of a domestic political dispute with no likely solution in the near future. Military aid previously approved for Ukraine to expel Russian invaders from its eastern territories has already run out, while Israel needs supplies after four months of military operations in response to the Hamas terror attack on October 7.

The legislation also includes nearly $5 billion for Taiwan and other Indo-Pacific allies concerned about China’s aggressive foreign policy, a priority for both sides.

Mr. Johnson tried last week to pass a bill that would only provide for aid to Israel, but failed to get the two-thirds majority he needed for the parliamentary maneuver because of Mr. Biden’s threatened veto, which opposed the distribution of the package and declared the exclusion of Ukraine.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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