Biden at the NATO summit: Darcy cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio — President Joe Biden’s endorsement of the NATO summit in Brussels went better than former President Trump’s in 2017. At that NATO summit, Putin’s pawn, Trump , made headlines for sidelining the prime minister of Montenegro so he could be in front of the NATO leaders for a photo op.
Trump would spend the rest of his term bashing NATO and threatening to pull the US out of the alliance, which he would have done if Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni had managed to get SCOTUS to nullify the election to give Trump a second term. .
By contrast, on Thursday during a press briefing in Brussels, President Biden said: “NATO has never, ever been as united as it is today.”
Trump’s push and disparagement of NATO likely contributed to Putin grossly miscalculating NATO’s strength, unity and resolve when he decided to invade Ukraine in his continued bid to bombard the old borders and to govern the Soviet Union.
President Biden has announced that the United States will send an additional $1 billion in humanitarian aid to Ukraine, on top of the $2 billion sent since the start of his term. Biden also said the United States would take in up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.
Four new NATO combat forces are deployed in Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Hungary.
The deployment “is a strong signal that we will collectively defend and protect every corner of NATO territory. We will develop plans for additional forces and capabilities to bolster NATO defenses in a new and more dangerous security environment,” Biden said in a statement.
While saying it’s “up to the G20,” Biden made it clear that he supports expelling Russia from the group of 20 largest economies. The new and current sanctions themselves could kick out the Russian economy.
The president is expected to visit Poland today.