The Senate passed that companion national security bill early Tuesday morning. But it faces an uncertain future in the House, largely because Trump has encouraged Republican lawmakers to block an earlier version of it and because he has been skeptical of the NATO alliance that is pushing back against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Over the weekend, the former president said that if he wins re-election, he would not defend a “rogue” NATO ally against Russia. “I would encourage them to do whatever they wanted.”

Trump has since insisted that he was simply trying to get NATO members to increase their military spending. But his comments caused panic internationally and sparked angry complaints at home.

“For Trump, principles never matter. Everything is transactional. He doesn’t understand that the sacred commitment we have made works for us too. In fact, I would remind Trump and all those who would walk away from NATO (that) Article Five has only been invoked once,” Biden said Tuesday, citing the international response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Biden said Trump’s comments raise the stakes for Congress to approve the president’s supplemental national security plan, which would provide funding to Israel and Taiwan, as well as Ukraine.

“America defends freedom. We stand firm for our allies. “We never bow to anyone, and certainly not to Vladimir Putin,” Biden said. “So let’s get on with this.”

By Sam