The leading candidate for the Republican nomination continues to take a hostile stance toward the military alliance, despite criticism from the White House. Donald Trump’s recent comments suggesting that the United States should not assist NATO in protecting allies from a potential Russian attack have been condemned as “unhinged” by the White House. President Joe Biden has emphasized the importance of NATO and has worked to strengthen the alliance since taking office. Trump’s past criticism of NATO and threats to withdraw the US from the alliance have raised concerns, particularly in light of the ongoing war in Ukraine. Despite these concerns, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed confidence that a second Trump presidency would not jeopardize US membership in the alliance. However, there are lingering concerns about the potential implications of a Trump victory in November, particularly in terms of US aid to Ukraine and the stability of the NATO alliance.