Trump NATO com­ments draw scruti­ny from alliance leader

North Atlantic Treaty Orga­ni­za­tion Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al Jens Stoltenberg crit­i­cized for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for sug­gest­ing that if mem­ber coun­tries were “delin­quent” with their defense con­tri­bu­tion oblig­a­tions, he would allow Rus­sia to attack them.
“NATO remains ready and able to defend all allies,” Stoltenberg said Sun­day. “Any sug­ges­tion that allies will not defend each oth­er under­mines all of our secu­ri­ty, includ­ing that of the U.S., and puts Amer­i­can and Euro­pean sol­diers at increased risk. I expect that regard­less of who wins the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion the U.S. will remain a strong and com­mit­ted NATO ally.” 
Stoltenberg’s rebuke came after Trump made the com­ments at a cam­paign ral­ly on Sat­ur­day, where the for­mer pres­i­dent recalled a NATO mem­ber ask­ing if the Unit­ed States would still pro­tect them against Rus­sia if they …