Bill Kristol Says He’s ‘Worried’ That NATO Will Not Survive Trump: ‘Could He Want to Have It Fall Apart?’


Outspoken #NeverTrump conservative Bill Kristol sounded off about President Donald Trump‘s handling of NATO ahead of the upcoming summit in Brussels.

The editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard began by stressing the importance of NATO as a “core of the Western alliance” and a “symbolic and political alliance.” However, he said he was “very struck” how vocal Trump critic Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who expressed concern over what will be the result of the summit due to the president, isn’t “as alarmed as he is.”

“No one would even thought of having to say ‘NATO will survive Bush or Clinton or Obama or Reagan,” Kristol told MSNBC anchor Brian Williams. “So I think it’s worrisome and I would have said a year ago… ‘Yeah, at the end of the day, NATO will survive. Trump is doing some damage on the margins, but at the end of the day, the alliance has been there so long,’ but I now am worried. I mean, Trump in the last few days and the incessant attacks on our NATO allies, the kind of almost manufactured grievance that he just  wants to litigate over and over. You combine that with the friendship with Putin, friendly attitude towards Putin, you really wonder. Could he want to have it fall apart? Or be so reckless that it really does fall apart?”

Kristol later pointed out that Putin is “consistently treated better” by President Trump than “all of our NATO allies,” which he called an “amazing” statement.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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