Trump’s NATO Dilemma

US president has been vocal for about a long time about the relevance of NATO and has time and again urged member states to expand military expenditure.

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By attacking Germany and other European countries over their defence expenditure, Donald Trump seems to make a diplomatic blunder, and it may adversely impact the NATO summit. The president showed displeasure over European Nation’s reluctance to spend less on defence.

Trump’s attack led to the cancellation of press conferences by Theresa May and Angela Merkel.

Some of the former NATO officials termed it as a disdainful behaviour of the president towards the organization.

Few experts also see it as a pro-Russian stance where dispute among the transatlantic alliances is going to help anyone but Putin. The timing of Trump’s anti-NATO rhetoric has also gained prominence as the US president is supposed to meet his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday.

Trump specifically urged Germany, Spain and Belgium to dole out at least two per cent of the spending target. US president has been vocal for about a long time about the relevance of NATO and has time and again urged member states to expand military expenditure.

Post Trump’s fierce attack, the member states of the NATO held an unplanned meeting about the future course of action in the midst of unprepared ignominy they had to confront on a global platform.

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NATO, an inter-state military alliance between North American and European countries that were based on North Atlantic Treaty, signed on April 4, 1949, primarily established in to order to bring Europe and America together to counter the erstwhile Soviet’s rising geopolitical clout.

Trump’s outburst has not gone down well with the lawmakers across the USA as they seem keen to uphold the unity of the year’s old organization as both the House and Senate have voted in favour of NATO

Despite having made persistent vitriolic rhetoric against NATO, the Trump administration has only strengthened the alliance by allowing sales of weapons to assist Ukraine to counter Russia and has deployed more tanks on the NATO ’S eastern side.

Undeniably, there has been no crunch in arms and military assistance to NATO in reality, but continuous public resentment of the US president against the member states of decade-old organization creates trust deficit among the members, and also dents the credibility of the organization in the global arena.

However, it remains to be seen as to how things unfold in the geopolitical sphere, and how NATO reacts to the public outbursts of Donald Trump.