During a sitdown with Chris Cuomo that aired Friday morning on CNN, former Vice President Joe Biden warned voters that if Donald Trump is re-elected, he will destroy NATO.
"He says he’s gotten NATO to give in more money for their defense because of his tactics," CNN's Cuomo said, characterizing President Trump's position.
"Oh, great, oh, come on, man," Biden replied. "Let me put it this way: if he wins reelection, I promise you, there’ll be no NATO in four years or five years."
"You think there’ll be no more NATO if he’s reelected?" Cuomo asked.
"No more NATO," Biden repeated. "It’s being crushed."
CHRIS CUOMO: You made a big point of saying the threat here with the current administration is abroad. What exactly bothers you aboard?
JOE BIDEN: What bothers me aboard is, look, the idea that we can go it alone with no alliances for the next 20 or 30 years is a disaster. How are we going to deal with stateless terrorism, without doing what I’ve been able to do with the President, put together coalitions of 50, 60 nations to take it on. I come out of a generation where we were trying to be the policemen of the world. We can’t go in every place. We need allies. He is absolutely dissing them. he’s embracing thugs. He’s embracing Kim Jong-un, who is a thug.
He’s embracing Putin who is a flat dictator. He’s embracing people who - he’s stiff-arming our friends, he’s threatening NATO, to pull out of NATO. Come on.
CUOMO: He says he’s gotten NATO to give in more money for their defense because of his tactics.
BIDEN: Oh, great, oh come on, man. And by the way, the idea that NATO thinks - let me put it this way: if he wins reelection, I promise you, there’ll be no NATO in four years, or five years.
CUOMO: You think there’ll be no more NATO if he’s reelected?
BIDEN: No more NATO. Look, I once said this in a conference room that we have. The first speech, she stood up, the chancellor, the former chancellor of Germany stands up, she says, "We have to go it alone. We can’t count on the United States." So why did we set up NATO Chris? So no one nation could abuse the power in the region, In Europe, it would suck us in in the way they did in World War I and World War II. It’s being crushed.
Look at what’s happening with Putin. While he – while Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe. Look what’s happening in Hungary. Look what’s happening in Poland. Look what’s happening. Do you think that would happen on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise you, it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.