North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Has Trump shifted United States alliance in Europe?
11 July, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Gregory Stephens
We have just signed a joint EU-NATO declaration, which brings the cooperation between the European Union and NATO to the next level.
Trump has ramped up his rhetoric ahead of the talks - including in three separate tirades on Twitter on Monday and Tuesday - making the summit one of the most hard in years for the military alliance that has underpinned European security since World War II. "America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe".
"He's made the 2 percent the only thing he seems to care about", says James Goldgeier, visiting senior fellow at Council on Foreign Relations. However, many members pitch in far less than that figure, while the USA puts in more than 3 percent of its GDP. "He will work the issue that he thinks will cause a stir".
Mr Trump told MailOnline: 'He's been very, very nice to me. "A competitor", the president said. Furthermore, all member states contribute to NATO's overall budget based on their national income, with the U.S. providing about 22% of the budget.
"There's some concern that the optics could be quite problematic", Kupchan says of this week's Europe trip, based on what happened in Canada and Singapore.
Trump, who has compared the sentiment that underpinned the Brexit vote to leave the European Union to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May.
Trump's approach contrasts that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who was mostly soft-spoken with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but, right after getting elected, scrapped plans for expanding the US military presence in Europe, including the building of a radar base in the Czech Republic.
He said that money helped boost USA security, as the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats. America's allies will pay close attention to his every word and seek strong reassurances that the United States will continue to play a leading role in the critical alliance. He also let US defense spending fall.
Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an global summit in Canada. Europe was first to respond on a large scale when the U.S. was attacked, and called for solidarity after 9/11. "There may be crickets chirping when we need something". Going it alone in the world is a gravely misguided approach that risks the lives of Americans as well as Europeans and millions of others around the world. By its count, only four of NATO's 29 member countries met the 2 percent goal in 2017. "This is a very substantive and meaty summit". And I think you can have no doubt, Mr President, that this is an investment in common American and European defence and security. This seems fair. By contrast Mr Trump wrongly sees the U.S. being disadvantaged, not advantaged, by the current global order.
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