Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday defended former President Donald Trump over recent comments he made about not protecting NATO countries. “Well, that’s not how I viewed that statement,” Rubio responded. “I mean, he was talking about a story that he talked about in the past. He doesn’t talk like a traditional politician,” Rubio said.
Meanwhile, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley blasted the former president for what he said. “I’ve dealt with Russia every day. The last thing we ever want to do is side with Russia,” Haley told CBS News on Sunday morning. “We want NATO allies to pull their weight. But there are ways you can do that without sitting there and telling Russia have your way with these countries,” she added.
And former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a vociferous Trump opponent, on Sunday called Trump a “national security risk” in response to the former president’s NATO remarks. “What poses a national security risk is the possibility that he could be president of the United States again,” Christie told NBC News’ Meet the Press. “This is why I’ve been saying for a long time that he’s unfit to be president of the United States,” Christie said, citing Trump’s “love for dictators.”
On Saturday night, Trump told a crowd in South Carolina that he’d let Russia “do whatever the hell they want” to NATO countries that are delinquent on their payments to the group.