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U.S. Congress prohibites presidents of country from withdrawing from NATO

U.S. Congress prohibites presidents of country from withdrawing from NATO U.S. Congress has banned presidents of the country from withdrawing from NATO (photo: Getty Images)

Presidents of the United States will no longer be able to unilaterally withdraw from NATO, according to The Hill.

The U.S. Congress has confirmed its support for NATO. In the past, the alliance faced criticism from former President Trump. However, under President Biden, the significance of NATO has increased, especially after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

"NATO has held strong in response to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war in Ukraine and rising challenges around the world. The law reaffirms U.S. support for this crucial alliance that is foundational for our national security. It also sends a strong message to authoritarians around the world that the free world remains united," said Senator Kaine.

During his presidency, Biden strengthened NATO by sending more troops to Europe as a demonstration of strength against Putin's aggression and expanded the alliance with the inclusion of Finland and Sweden.

Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, had varied opinions on NATO. His supporters argue that the criticism from the former president inspired NATO member states to increase defense spending, relieving the burden on the U.S. However, Trump's critics believe his words undermined NATO, fearing he might abandon U.S. commitments to the alliance's mutual defense pact or even withdraw from it.

Earlier, it was reported that the U.S. Congress passed a bill prohibiting the purchase of nuclear fuel from Russia.

It was also mentioned that South Korea is assisting NATO in addressing the issue of a weapons shortage.