If you followed the last election then know that our newly elected president has no love for NATO…..he even called it “obsolete”…..
There is a scramble going on the try and find a way to preserve the organization if the US somehow takes a powder and leaves the European allies high and dry.
Below is a opinion from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on the situation with NATO……
If Europe tries to protect the alliance only by ‘buying’ American commitment through increased defence spending, it will fail.
Europeans have every reason to worry about U.S. President Donald Trump. He has declared NATO “obsolete.” He’s spoken more glowingly about Russian President Vladimir Putin than about most Western European leaders. And he’s suggested he will apply his transactional vision of diplomacy to his country’s alliances. A president who has unabashedly made “America First” his guiding principle is telling Europeans America’s commitment to them will depend on their willingness to pay for it.
The Continent’s leaders should listen carefully. For too long, European countries have not been serious enough about their own defence; most spend much less than the two per cent of GDP goal set by NATO. If they do not change course, a president who has little understanding of soft power and, in his own words, only respects “strength,” will not take them seriously.
Although it is early in the presidency of Trump….but so far the fate of NATO is still up in the air.