President Trump’s approach to historic US allies unravels America’s authority and solidity as the West’s leader, implies Stephen M. Walt of Foreign Policy. Having consistently bad-mouthed NATO countries from matters of economic to military spending, the once historic union is visibly fractured today. Trump may feel he is achieving his goals this way, but seems not to understand that negotiating with countries like Russia will be harder without a united European block behind him. In his upcoming meeting with Putin, this lack of support gives him less leverage. The US won the Cold War with its allies. Trump should try to see their value.
President Trump is right to call out European countries’ low NATO spending, which leaves the US to foot the bill, infers Daniel R. Depetris of The American Conservative. Europe is much more reliant on the organization for its security and should be paying its fair share. Countries like Germany and the UK are too reliant on the US military and need to shore up their armed forces. Trump’s words have already caused allies to raise their defense spending, which is necessary, given potential threats from Russia. His rhetoric may be rough, but he is absolutely right to call out this imbalance, which is swallowing up American tax dollars.