Trump Reminds NATO Members of Their Obligations

The Associated Press reports today that US President Donald Trump addressed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium. Speaking at NATO’s new headquarters, President Trump reminded some of the member nations to work toward paying the obligatory two percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024. Only Britain, Estonia, Greece, Poland and the United States meet their payment obligations.

According to the report, when asked about President Trump not explicitly affirming US support for Article 5, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: “It goes without saying. His presence at this event underscores our commitments and treaty obligations.” Article 5 states that if a NATO ally is the victim of an attack, all NATO members will consider the act as an attack against all members and will take actions to assist the ally attacked. It was not understood from the report why there is a question on this matter.

The report also states that President Trump “rattled a continent anxious about Trump’s commitment to their bonds and reeling from another deadly terror attack.” It was not clear from the report why nations would be “rattled” for not paying what is required to be a member or how that would somehow compare with allowing those that have extremist views to gain a foothold in their own countries.

AP report found here.

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