Former US President Donald Trump, the Republican Party's front-runner, warned he would let Russia invade delinquent NATO countries, showcasing his divisive stance on alliance commitments.

Donald Trump stated he would let Russia 'do whatever it wants' to NATO members not meeting defense spending targets, revealing a fundamental misunderstanding or distortion of how NATO operates. His comments have stoked fears among allies of the U.S.'s commitment to collective defense, with NATO's Secretary-General and President Joe Biden both issuing strong rebukes. The incident highlights Trump's controversial history with NATO and his tendency to elevate financial concerns above strategic alliances.