NATO’s Changing Face Under the Trump Administration

The future of the transatlantic defense alliance is in jeopardy, according to news reports from the past few months.

It all started with then-candidate Donald Trump’s comments in March about NATO being “obsolete.” Then, in July, Trump seemed to throw into question Article 5 of the NATO treaty – the collective defense provision that says an attack on one is an attack on all – by saying the U.S. will protect its European NATO allies “if they fulfill their obligations to us,” meaning if they meet NATO’s 2 percent of GDP on defense spending goal.

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