The growing fear that Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump will win next year’s pivotal election has led to a preemptive strike by lawmakers to sabotage his ability to conduct the nation’s foreign policy.
First and foremost for the bipartisan America-last establishment is protecting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a global alliance that the former president has been critical of and which currently has the U.S. mired in a bloody and costly proxy war against Russia in Ukraine, a conflict that Trump has vowed to end if elected.
Snuggled deeply inside of the just-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a provision barring Trump from pulling the nation out of what some believe is a relic of the Cold War that should have been dismantled after the collapse of the Soviet Union over three decades ago.
2024 NDAA contains a provision widely understood as intended to block the ability of Trump to withdraw from NATO. It was sponsored by Marco Rubio and Tim Kaine. On a rare occasion Congress moves to constrain the power of the President… it’s to maintain interventionist consensus pic.twitter.com/ZdKyRkPVay
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 13, 2023
The provision which was authored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) bars any future president from exiting the military alliance which could conceivably drag the U.S. into World War III, and would require Trump to seek Senate approval to remove the U.S. from the entangling foreign pact.
In addition, there is the lawfare option that authorizes the Congressional Legal Counsel to sue the White House with the courts being the primary battlefield in the war on Trump.
No less an establishment propaganda organ than the sad remains of the once-proudly dissident Rolling Stone magazine claimed that Trump will pull the U.S. out of NATO if voters return him to the White House, a possibility that looks more likely by the day.
Reminder: I have a bipartisan bill that the Senate passed earlier this year to prevent any U.S. President from leaving NATO.
Pulling out of NATO would be dangerous and reckless. America is stronger amongst our allies, and we need to get this signed into law. https://t.co/tORo3Or2Rb
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) October 23, 2023
“When the former president has privately discussed the United States’ role in the transatlantic military alliance this year, Trump has made clear that he doesn’t want the upper ranks of a second administration to be staffed by ‘NATO lovers,’ according to two sources who’ve heard him make such comments. The ex-president has made these kinds of jabs at the longstanding alliance during conversations related to the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine,” the outlet reported.
Trump has complained about NATO’s Article 5, the mutual defense pact that could drag the nation into an apocalyptic conflict with Russia if a member nation is attacked. He has also boasted about making European freeloaders pay their fair share for the pact.
“When I was President I made Member Nations pay up all of the money they weren’t paying to NATO. The U.S. was footing almost the entire NATO bill, and I quickly put a stop to that. Hundreds of billions of Dollars were then rapidly paid by those “delinquent” nations. The Secretary General of NATO said it was AMAZING what President Trump had done. Thank you, but here we go again! The good old USA “suckers” are paying a VAST majority of the NATO bill, & outside money, going to Ukraine. VERY UNFAIR!” Trump wrote on Truth Social in January.
(Screenshot: Truth Social)
“In a second Trump term, we’d almost certainly withdraw from NATO,” former national security adviser John Bolton – who was fired by Trump – told The Hill in August.
“NATO has held strong in response to Putin’s war in Ukraine and rising challenges around the world,” Sen. Kaine said in a statement. “The Senate’s vote today to pass my bipartisan bill to prevent any U.S. President from unilaterally withdrawing from NATO 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.”
“The Senate should maintain oversight on whether or not our nation withdraws from NATO. We must ensure we are protecting our national interests and protecting the security of our democratic allies,” added Sen. Rubio.
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