Despite calling NATO "obsolete" during his presidential campaign, President Trump recently reversed his opinion and publicly said that NATO is "no longer obsolete" during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Citing the fact that NATO members would agree to pay 2% of their GDP for defense, President Trump remarked on how NATO can change and adapt, especially with regard to fighting terrorism, which, in his eyes, no longer makes it obsolete, report Nolan D McCaskill and Cristiano Lima in Politico.
President Trump was correct in his earlier assessment that NATO is obsolete, according to Tom Sauer in The National Interest, who asserts that the alliance's members no longer have common goals or interests. Sauer argues that today's world and security issues have changed since the time when NATO was born. Collective defense organizations like NATO are no longer relevant to match threats like international terrorism and ethnic conflicts, he claims, adding that NATO's demise should have happened long ago.