US President Donald Trump has at long last declared his and America's commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the mutual defense clause which stipulates that an attack against one member of the Alliance is considered an attack against all.
"I'm committing the United States to Article 5, and certainly we are there to protect", Trump said in response to a question during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden. "Absolutely, I'd be committed to Article 5", he said.
The White House also announced that Trump will travel to Poland next month before heading to Germany for a Group of 20 summit meeting, a visit meant to reassure Eastern European allies at a time when they feel nervous about aggression by Russian Federation after its intervention in Ukraine, which is not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member.
"It is not enough to speak to our NATO Allies generally of "the commitments that bind us together as one" or note that 'we will never forsake the friends who stood by our side, '" the letter states.
"The money is starting to pour in", Trump said, suggesting that the new defense spending by Romania was being paid into the alliance, rather than being spent internally. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he has made a decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change. "Very proud of that fact", the US President said.
Still, they are surely glad the president of the United States has come around to fully endorse NATO's main reason for being.
Iohannis also praised the U.S.
Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "But I guess European NATO allies can pretend it is a change in the hope that this helps us move forward in a less chaotic way compared to the last few months".
That's another reason Trump's Article 5 statement today is so jarring: He chose to commit to America's most important alliance in an answer to a question that hadn't even explicitly asked about it, not in his prepared statement.
"And until Democrats and our European allies get serious about funding our common defense, deterrence in Europe will remain dangerously weak".