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Trump said he'd 'never' help Europe in case of war, top EU official

Trump said he'd 'never' help Europe in case of war, top EU official Photo: Donald Trump, former President of the United States (Getty Images)

During a meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in 2020, former White House Chief Donald Trump said he would not assist Europe in case of war, says French European Commissioner Thierry Breton.

According to the commissioner, during a meeting with the President of the European Commission at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trump claimed that NATO was supposedly "dead" and promised to withdraw from the Alliance.

"You need to understand that if Europe is under attack we will never come to help you and to support you... By the way, NATO is dead, and we will leave, we will quit NATO," Breton quoted Trump.

Breton revealed Trump's threats at an event in the European Parliament in Brussels on January 9, just a few days before the Republican Party held caucuses in Iowa.

In turn, Breton insists that the European Union should strengthen its capabilities for self-defense against the backdrop of Russia's war against Ukraine. He announced the creation of a fund of 100 billion euros to boost arms production in the bloc.

"That was a big wake-up call (Trump's words, - ed.) and he may come back. So now more than ever, we know that we are on our own, of course. We are a member of NATO, almost all of us, of course we have allies, but we have no other options but to increase drastically this pillar in order to be ready [for] whatever happens," Breton stated.

U.S. elections

Recall that the next presidential elections in the United States are scheduled for November 5, 2024. According to forecasts, the main Democratic candidate will be the incumbent U.S. leader, Joe Biden, and the Republican candidate will be former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Currently, it is known that the procedure for excluding Trump from the presidential election ballots has been initiated in 34 states in the United States.