If failed, one-term former President Donald Trump hasn’t been indicted or descended into complete mental incapacity by the time the 2024 election is held and he manages to win a second term in office, it could result in the complete destruction of the NATO alliance.
That terrifying prediction comes from Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who told CNN’s Kasie Hunt that some NATO allies have told him they will “re-think” remaining aligned with the United States if Trump wins two years from now.
Hunt asked Romney:
The senator replied:
“I think what happened with NATO is they have said can we rely on the U.S.? And is this America First idea, which is the president saying to everybody, ‘hey, go off and do your own thing,’ that approach is one that frightens other members of NATO and they wonder are we committed to NATO and our mutual defense, or are we going to go off on our own? And so they wonder.”
That led Hunt to inquire:
“They wonder whether we’re going to return to the, if you will, policies we have had for the last 70 years or we’re going to take the turn that Donald Trump represented. If he were to come back as the U.S. president, I think it would represent a pretty dramatic departure for the world and they would rethink on whether they can count on the United States.”
Will the 2024 election decide the question? Hunt asked. The Utah Republican responded:
“I think if President Trump were to return as president, the nations of the world would say they have to really rethink their own national security and the extent to which they want to be in line with us and be allied with someone else. You saw that happen during the time President Trump was there. I have had conversations with leaders of other nations now, members of NATO, and they raise this question: we’re happy to see you committed to our mutual defense, but we don’t know whether you’re just committed short-term or whether this is a long-term and permanent commitment. I think it’s long-term and permanent.”
Imagine a world without NATO. Such a scenario would be a dream come true for Russian mass murderer Vladimir Putin. And it would leave the world less secure and more unstable.
There’s any number of reasons that Trump should never hold office again. The most terrifying is how badly a second Trump administration would threaten the national security of the United States and the world.
Here’s the video from CNN: