President Donald Trump has called NATO "obsolete." He’s bashed European leaders, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and warmed up to strongmen such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. And he’s even threatened a multifaceted trade war with allies across the Atlantic.
Trump’s norm-busting behavior when it comes to Europe — mostly failing to reaffirm America’s decades-long commitment to the continent — was always likely to be a target for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
But former Vice President Joe Biden, the party’s frontrunner, took that expected line of criticism much further than many expected.
“If he wins reelection, I promise you there will be no NATO in 4 years or 5 years,” he told CNN on Friday morning. Pressed on that point by Chris Cuomo, Biden merely restated his assessment: “No more NATO.”
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