Donald Trump believes NATO members should pay the U.S. for continued support. NATO, the National Atlantic Treaty Organization, is a formal alliance between North America and Europe. From its inception after the end of WWII, its main purpose was for members to defend each other from the possibility of communist Soviet Union taking control of their nations.
U.S. participation in the NATO alliance is important because whether Trump wants to admit it or not, Russia is a growing threat to our security and, as Dwight D Eisenhower said, there is strength in unity.
Currently 800 British troops are rolling into Germany en-route to the Estonia/Russia border in order to deter any hostile Russian activity. This deployment is the largest military defense by the UK against Moscow since the Cold War. 1100 troops including French and Danish, with the support of German and Canadian soldiers, also seek to ensure there is not a repeat of Russia’s annexation of Crimea or the take over of parts of East Ukraine Estonia.
Back on January 12, 2017, the U.S. sent troops to protect Poland’s borders from Russia, under the Obama administration. That was the largest U.S. military deployment to Europe in decades. Whether Trump will keep them there remains to be seen.
Putin’s spokesman Demitry Pescov said in response to recent military precautions: “These actions threaten our interests, our security, Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It’s not even a European state.”
Meanwhile Donald Trump is playing around with the idea of charging NATO a membership fee.
Trump has said NATO is obsolete. NATO is in fact a peacekeeper whose function as of late has been crisis management. It is in the interest of world peace to deter Russian hostility, but Trump’s allegiance is questionable. Is he is unaware of the threat Russia poses to its bordering countries, or is he is in bed with Vladimir Putin?