Trump says US is committed to mutual support of NATO allies
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 20:45
The NATO alliance is getting a boost from President Donald Trump.
After a public showing on May 25 in which Trump refused to endorse NATO's collective defense clause and famously shoved the Montenegrin leader out of the way, leaders of the 29-member alliance retired to a closed-door dinner that multiple sources tell Foreign Policy left alliance leaders "appalled".
Trump making the remarks from the White House Rose Garden on Friday during a joint news conference with the president of Romania. The statement comes after he made a point not to offer vocal support for Article 5 in the NATO treaty during his recent European trip.
"I'm committing the United States and have committed, but I'm committing the United States to Article 5". In that speech, Trump demanded that allies live up to a pledge to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.
"Certainly we are there to protect, that's one of there reasons I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force". "But yes, absolutely, I would be committed to Article 5".
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.
"The era in which we could fully rely on others is over to some extent", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Munich a few days after meeting with Trump, according to Politico. "You can't just do what we've been doing in the past".