A recent interview in between Donald Trump and German newspaper Bild left a lot of folks angry at Trump. Trump unloaded on a variety of issues including NATO’s usefulness and Germany’s refugee crisis. He said NATO was obsolete due to its ineffectiveness against terror and he also made the comments that NATO countries were not pulling their weight.
There are currently 28 country members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,. The US, the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Iceland, France, Denmark, Canada, and Belgium are its founding members, signing the treaty on April 4th, 1949 NATO’s essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.NATO’s treat authorizes a collective defense, where an attack on one is considered as an attack on all. This, outlined in Article 5, of the Washington Treaty that established NATO, has only been invoked once its 68 year history.
Even so, European leaders were shocked by Trump’s comments of NATOand the US’s future role.
Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Europe was stunned by Trump’s remarks on NATO, just five days ahead of the billionaire businessman’s inauguration as president.
“The interview statements of the American president-elect … caused, indeed here in Brussels, astonishment and agitation,” Steinmeier said as he went from a meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg to talks with EU counterparts.
France’s top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault said “the best response” to Trump’s comments was “the unity of Europeans”.
NATO said it was “absolutely confident” that the US would remain “committed” to the organisation.
Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, said that Europeans will have to take their fate in their own hands. Merkel was singled out personally by Trump in her handling of refugees for Germany in the interview.
I felt [Angela Merkel] was a great, great leader. I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from.
Trump campaigned on closing America’s southern border to Mexico and also banning immigrants from Muslim countries from coming to the United States without some sort of vetting process. As Total Patriot has reported here, Germany’s refugee program allowed in hundreds of immigrants, which later caused a crime wave across Germany.
Germany and other European nations such as France have also experienced an uptick in Muslim-related terror attacks.
This might be the root of Donald Trump’s point about NATO. NATO was founded shortly after the end of WWII, with nation-states and alliances seen as defenses, and even deterrents against new attacks. As the makeup of war has changed since WWII, there seems to be less that the NATO allies are willing or able to do to fight terrorism alongside the USA, but yet the US continues to pour money into the coffers of all.