The president's endorsement of NATO's collective defense mechanism came weeks after he put members of the alliance on edge during his first trip overseas. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he has made a decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change. "And certainly we are there to protect", Trump stated in response to a question by a reporter, as cited by Reuters.
So for now, the score for extracting an Article 5 commitment from Trump is: Romanian journalist 1, NATO Alliance 0.
In keeping with Trump's general fecklessness about spending, he uses NATO-in his eyes that once-obsolete alliance in which our fellow members took advantage of us-as an excuse for more USA spending. He also did not explicitly endorse Article 5, which says an attack on one ally is an attack on all, despite such an affirmation reportedly being part of his written speech. Politico reported that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, had lobbied for such a line in the president's speech last month but that the 27 words were deleted before Trump delivered it.
"And certainly we are there to protect", Trump added, saying this is why the United States is "paying the kind of money necessary to have that force".
The White House has downplayed the omission, and even called the dust-up "silly".
A senior White House official later had said the United States does in fact support Article 5 simply by agreeing to the terms of the charter.
During his June 9 speech, President Trump spoke on money he felt North Atlantic Treaty Organisation owed to the United States for reportedly coming up short of its two percent defense spending allowance in past years, according to Foreign Affairs. "It is helpful in that respect, but I don't think it will erase the fundamental doubts that the President has raised about the constancy and predictability of US foreign policy".
Even though threshold predates Trump's time in office, he has championed "even if at times he has appeared to misunderstand how that money is spent", The Los Angeles Times notes. Some countries are already starting to do that.
"This explicit commitment to our NATO Allies must come from you", the letter states.
Pundits have commented that a possible source of this type of threat could be Iran.