Categories for NATO

27,122. 8/1/2019

AFGHANISTAN/MILITARY/NATO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The Trump administration is in the midst of carrying out a dramatic scaling back of the US embassy in Afghanistan, with the goal of cutting half of the embassy’s personnel by the end of September, according to five sources familiar with the matter. The diplomatic draw down comes as the US is hopeful that a peace deal will be reached with the Taliban that would pave the way to reduce the number of US troops in the country from approximately 14,000 to between 8,000 and 9,000 in the coming months, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations. The goal of the troop reduction had been relayed to the Afghan government by Gen. Scott Miller, the head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and US Special Eepresentative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. As part of the diplomatic scale back, the State Department is sending home diplomats from Kabul without replacements, cutting back on security personnel, closing some facilities and cancelling proposals to build additional structures like new apartments for embassy personnel.”

Kylie Atwood, “US scaling back Afghanistan embassy at crucial moment in peace talks,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 1, 2019 8:50 pm

26,308. 7/5/2019

ELECTION/FOREIGN POLICY/JOE BIDEN/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former Vice President Joe Biden savaged Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda in an interview that aired Friday [7-5-19] morning, warning that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be completely disbanded if the president captures another White House term in 2020…Biden also accused Trump of ‘stiff-arming our friends’ on the world stage and ‘threatening NATO,’ the decades-old multinational political and military alliance among 29 North American and European countries. Trump has long expressed skepticism toward NATO, complaining that too many of the pact’s other members have failed for years to meet agreed-upon defense spending targets and threatening to pull the U.S. out of the alliance. Prodded by the president, defense spending by NATO members has climbed since 2016, apparently placating some of Trump’s concerns.”

Quint Forgey, “Biden warns ‘there will be no NATO’ if Trump wins re-election,” Politico, July 5, 2019 12:08 pm

24,604. 5/3/2019

CHINA/ECONOMY/EU/NATO/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and the prime minister of Slovakia congratulated each other Friday [5-3-19] on the respective strength of their nations’ economies as the two leaders met at the White House. Peter Pellegrini is the latest central European leader to visit the White House as the U.S. works to curry favor in the region as a counterbalance to Russia and China. Pellegrini said Trump has been very clear that European nations must do much more on defense, and he stressed that Slovakia is doing just that. Pellegrini said his country is ahead of schedule to increase its defense spending to 2 percent of gross national product…That’s two years faster than a NATO members’ agreement to move toward 2 percent spending on defense, an agreement that took place during the presidency of Barack Obama. Trump’s pressure, however, might have spurred some countries to increase their spending faster than they planned or to become more serious about moving toward the 2 percent goal.”

-Associated Press, “rump, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Celebrate Strong Economies,” The New York Times online, May 3, 2019

23,682. 4/3/2019

DEFENSE/NATO/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday [4-2-19] his pressure on NATO nations to pay more for their defense is leading to tens of billions of dollars more in contributions, but the allies may need to boost their budgets even more. Trump used a well-worn script about burden-sharing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in talks at the White House. The meeting came a day before NATO foreign ministers sit down in Washington for what is expected to be a session dominated by concerns about Russia. Trump, who has ruffled feathers among European allies by repeatedly saying that NATO nations needed to pay more and ease the burden on the United States, said his tactics have paid off…The U.S. president said he would like to see NATO members pay more than 2 percent of their gross domestic product for defense. Trump told NATO leaders last year to increase defense spending to 4 percent of GDP. He said the United States pays 4.3 percent of its GDP to NATO.”

Steve Holland, Lesley Wroughton, “Trump says NATO countries’ burden-sharing improving, wants more,” Reuters, April 3, 2019 11:21 am

23,664. 4/2/2019

NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Today, it was my great honor to welcome @NATO Secretary General @JensStoltenberg to the @WhiteHouse! https://t.co/4drPHXZBWH

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 2, 2019 2:59 pm

23,653. 4/2/2019

EU/MILITARY/NATO/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “He flew across the ocean to celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary with the largest and most important member of the military alliance. So to outsiders it appeared to be an awkward moment on Tuesday [4-2-19] for Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, as he sat stiffly by while President Trump criticized German defense spending and predicted that the United States would get along with Russia…He said the president had helped push member states to budget an additional $100 billion in defense spending and credited Mr. Trump with ‘having a real impact’…But not all. Germany will most likely slow the growth of its defense spending — meaning that Europe’s economic powerhouse will defy a spending target set by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. And other member states are struggling to reach the current goal of spending 2 percent of their economic output on the military by the end of 2024.The scene on Tuesday was just the latest example of Mr. Stoltenberg’s unenviable efforts to bridge seemingly irreconcilable positions between Europe and the United States. He is the European leader who has shown the most deft hand with Mr. Trump.”

Julian E. Barnes, “With Trump, NATO Chief Tries to Navigate Spending Minefields,” The New York Times online, April 2, 2019

23,349. 3/14/2019

DEFENSE/EU/MILITARY/NATO/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Despite many European countries boosting their defense budgets, only seven of the 29 NATO allies are currently reaching the recommended spending target of 2% of gross domestic product, according to NATO’s annual report, which was published Thursday [3-14-19]. President Donald Trump has long criticized NATO countries over their failure to meet the 2% target and the new data came as US and NATO officials sought to downplay reports that the Trump administration is seeking to ask allies to pay dramatically more for hosting US troops. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sought to highlight the spending increases while acknowledging more work needs to be done…While previous US presidents had made similar critiques of NATO members’ defense spending, Trump has made it a central theme of his administration’s foreign policy, repeatedly slamming allies over the issue. In 2014, following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, all NATO members pledged to meet the 2% target by 2024. At that time only three countries — the US, Greece and the UK — met the requirement.”

Ryan Browne, “NATO report says only 7 members are meeting defense spending targets,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 14, 2019 5:16 pm

23,348. 3/14/2019

DEFENSE/EU/MILITARY/NATO/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Despite many European countries boosting their defense budgets, only seven of the 29 NATO allies are currently reaching the recommended spending target of 2% of gross domestic product, according to NATO’s annual report, which was published Thursday [3-14-19]. President Donald Trump has long criticized NATO countries over their failure to meet the 2% target and the new data came as US and NATO officials sought to downplay reports that the Trump administration is seeking to ask allies to pay dramatically more for hosting US troops. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sought to highlight the spending increases while acknowledging more work needs to be done…While previous US presidents had made similar critiques of NATO members’ defense spending, Trump has made it a central theme of his administration’s foreign policy, repeatedly slamming allies over the issue. In 2014, following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, all NATO members pledged to meet the 2% target by 2024. At that time only three countries — the US, Greece and the UK — met the requirement.”

Ryan Browne, “NATO report says only 7 members are meeting defense spending targets,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 14, 2019 5:16 pm

22,729. 2/20/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Czech Republic’s prime minister will be meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House next month. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will host Andrej Babis and his wife for their first official visit on March 7. She says the leaders are expected to discuss ‘how best to advance relations’ between the two countries as well as issues including cybersecurity, energy security and trade. The visit coincides with the 30th anniversary of the 1989 ‘Velvet Revolution’ and the 20th anniversary of the country’s membership in NATO, which began in 1999.”

Associated Press, “Czech Prime Minister Will Meet With Trump in March,” The New York Times online, February 20, 2019

22,208. 1/27/2019

MEDIA/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, just stated that because of me NATO has been able to raise far more money than ever before from its members after many years of decline. It’s called burden sharing. Also, more united. Dems & Fake News like to portray the opposite!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 27, 2019 10:11 am

22,076. 1/22/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a warning to President Donald Trump not to try to withdraw the United States from the NATO military alliance, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday [1-22-19] approved legislation aimed at preventing such a move. The Democratic-led House approved the measure by a bipartisan 357-22 vote, with the only ‘no’ votes coming from Republicans. It now goes to the Republican-majority Senate, where its future is unclear, although a similar measure has been introduced there. At a news conference before the vote, Democratic lawmakers said they were alarmed by reports of the Republican president’s low regard for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a 70-year-old military alliance that joins the United States and Canada with allies in Europe. The New York Times said last week that several times over the course of 2018, Trump privately told his advisers he wanted to withdraw from NATO.”

Susan Cornwell, “House approves bill warning against U.S. NATO pullout,” Reuters, January 22, 2019 4:54 pm

21,951. 1/17/2019

MILITARY/NATO/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Unveiling a revamped missile defense plan, President Donald Trump said Thursday [1-17-19] that the United States is prepared to make use of space as a potential battleground…While providing few details, Trump again spoke of developing a ‘space force’ as a new branch of the military, saying that ‘we will recognize that space is a new war fighting domain with the space force leading the way.’ Trump also again warned Iran against seeking to develop offensive missiles. The president said he hopes the United States never has to use space weapons, but there are ‘some very bad players out there. And we’re a good player – but we can be far worse than anybody, if need be’…Less than a week after news reports that Trump once mused about trying to withdraw the United States from the European military alliance, Trump said ‘we’re going to be with NATO 100 percent,’ and is willing to sell missile defense technology to allies. He also again demanded that countries like Germany ‘step up’ and pay more for their own national defense, saying ‘we cannot be the fool for others.’ While Trump claimed that defense spending by various NATO countries was declining before he took office, it has actually been on the rise for years. While criticizing Iran as an adversary, Trump did mention another rival interested in missiles: North Korea.”

David Jackson, “Space Force: President Trump says he wants a ‘space-based missile defense layer’,” USA Today, January 17, 2019 2:42 pm

21,948. 1/17/2019

MILITARY/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [1-17-19] said the United States is ‘100 percent’ with NATO, days after a report alleged that the president privately discussed withdrawing from the military alliance multiple times over the past year…Trump privately said several times past year that he wanted to withdraw from NATO because of the cost to the United States, The New York Times reported Monday [1-15-19]. According to the Times, senior officials are fearing the president will once again threaten to withdraw from the bloc if other nations’ military spending doesn’t reach the president’s goal. The president has long criticized NATO allies, saying that they have not contributed enough military spending. Trump has demanded that allies pay 2 percent of their GDP, and on Thursday he said that this past year he helped raise $44 billion more with his request.”

Rebecca Morin, “Trump: We will be with NATO ‘100 percent’,” Politico, January 17, 2019 12:44 pm

21,835. 1/14/2019

NATO/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years. Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States. Senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current and former officials who support the alliance said they feared Mr. Trump could return to his threat as allied military spending continued to lag behind the goals the president had set. In the days around a tumultuous NATO summit meeting last summer, they said, Mr. Trump told his top national security officials that he did not see the point of the military alliance, which he presented as a drain on the United States.”

Julian E. Barnes and Helene Cooper, “Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia,” The New York Times online, January 14, 2019

21,719. 1/9/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/NATO/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump and senior defense officials met to discuss the planned Syria troop withdrawal Wednesday [1-9-19], as his national security team continued to send conflicting signals about the planned pullback that has roiled relations with NATO-ally Turkey. Even as administration officials continue to insist the US will leave Syria, they are indicating — in part by adding conditions for withdrawal without timelines — that the American presence will continue far longer than the President’s initial pledge of departure ‘now’ or even by the 120-day deadline the White House offered later. The planned withdrawal has unsettled allies, undermined the Kurds and deeply roiled relations with Turkey, an issue Trump was expected to discuss during his Wednesday meeting with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.”

Kylie Atwood and Nicole Gaouette, “Amid confusion Trump admin signals Syria pullout won’t be rapid,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 9, 2019 9:38 pm

21,449. 12/21/2018

CHINA/NATO/RUSSIA/SERBIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Serbia’s president said Friday [12-21-18] he doesn’t share U.S. President Donald Trump’s optimism that an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo is ‘within reach,’ two decades after their war. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that a letter sent by Trump expressing that opinion is ‘rational’ and welcome, but also added: ‘We are far from any kind of agreement.’ In almost identical letters to the Serbian and Kosovo leaders, Trump urged the two to secure a ‘historic’ deal that would bring ‘long-sought’ peace to the Balkan region. Trump said that the U.S. stands ready to assist and that he is looking forward to hosting the two presidents in the White House ‘to celebrate what would be an historic accord.’ Kosovo broke away from Serbia after a 1998-99 war and NATO intervention that stopped a bloody Serbian crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists. In 2008, Kosovo unilaterally declared independence which is recognized by the U.S. and most of the West, but not by Serbia and its allies Russia and China.”

Associated Press, “Serbia Not as Optimistic as Trump Over Deal With Kosovo,” The New York Times online, December 21, 2018 

21,094. 12/8/2018

EU/MILITARY/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The idea of a European Military didn’t work out too well in W.W. I or 2. But the U.S. was there for you, and always will be. All we ask is that you pay your fair share of NATO. Germany is paying 1% while the U.S. pays 4.3% of a much larger GDP – to protect Europe. Fairness!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 8, 2018 7:52 am

20,715. 11/25/2018

EU/MILITARY/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Europe has to pay their fair share for Military Protection. The European Union, for many years, has taken advantage of us on Trade, and then they don’t live up to their Military commitment through NATO. Things must change fast!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 25, 2018 3:27 pm

20,459. 11/14/2018

ECONOMY/EU/FOREIGN POLICY/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After taking criticism in Europe for his ‘America First’ foreign policy, President Donald Trump resumed his complaints about NATO and the costs of the military partnership with Europe on Monday [11-12-18]…Trump’s tweets reiterated his complaints about the high cost of providing military protection for countries that sell the USA more goods and services than they buy…The United States spends the highest share of its economy on defense, at 3.5 percent, and Luxembourg spends the lowest, at a little more than half of 1 percent. The 29 members of NATO pledged to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024. Only five countries meet that goal – the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece, Estonia and Latvia. Trump criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for calling for a continental military group independent of the United States. Last week, Macron suggested a strictly European defense pact after Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.”

Bart Jansen and David Jackson, “Post-Paris, President Trump again complains about NATO,” USA Today, November 14, 2018 8:04 pm

20,358. 11/9/2018

EU/FRANCE/MILITARY/NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 9, 2018 4:10 pm

20,344. 11/9/2018

EU/FRANCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/NATO: “Fresh off the loss of the Republican-controlled House and discord over firing his attorney general, President Donald Trump is trying to remind the world he’s still the boss. His two-day visit to France, which includes meetings and meals with French President Emmanuel Macron along with a ceremony to commemorate the end of World War I, gives Trump ample opportunities to project his commander-in-chief image after suffering the most serious political rebuke to his presidency so far. Trump immediately asserted himself during his first interaction with Macron on Saturday [11-10-18] morning, in which he urged NATO countries to contribute more to defense spending, a point he’s fixated on throughout his presidency…His comments came after Macron worked hard to subtly declare a truce between the two leaders. Trump had taken offense — and expressed so over Twitter late Friday [11-9-18] night — over Macron’s suggestion that the European Union needed its own army. Still, the relationship between the two leaders did not seem as warm Saturday as it did in past meetings when the two leaders mugged for the cameras, vigorously shook hands and patted each other on the back.”

Nancy Cook, “Trump seeks to project strength abroad after discord at home,” Politico, November 9, 2018 10:06 am

20,115. 10/31/2018

FOREIGN AFFAIRS/NATO/NUCLEAR/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a major nuclear arms control agreement with Russia is emblematic of his approach to foreign affairs. He announced the move without consulting NATO allies, many of whom helped secure the treaty three decades ago and will be threatened by its demise. And like much of his ‘America First’ foreign policy, the withdrawal offered a short-term fix to a long-term problem that ultimately will leave everyone, not least the United States, worse off. Trump cited two reasons for his decision Saturday [10-27-18] to pull the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the historic agreement Ronald Reagan struck with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Russia had violated the treaty by testing and later deploying a ground-launched cruise missile that falls within the 500-5,500km range banned by the treaty. And China, which has deployed a large arsenal of midrange missiles, is not a party to the agreement…Trump decided to withdraw from the INF agreement without consulting NATO or other allied countries, even though the decision affects their core security interests. Instead, U.S. officials briefed allies on the decision only after they first visited Moscow to explain Washington’s new course.”

Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay, “Trump’s Screwing Up His Own Foreign Policy,” Politico, November 1, 2018

19,362. 10/4/2018

FOREIGN POLICY/MUSLIMS/NATO/RELIGION/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Evangelical Christians came out aggressively for Donald Trump in 2016. As president, Trump has returned the favor, delivering for the Christian right — not just at home, but also overseas. Trump defied international opinion and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The White House rattled relations with NATO ally Turkey by imposing sanctions over its detention of an American pastor. Trump’s initial travel ban included exemptions for Christians. Senior administration officials have eagerly taken up a cause that happens to be a favorite of the Christian right: global religious freedom. And the State Department was quick to call the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians a ‘genocide.’ But for human rights activists, Democrats and even some Republican staffers in Congress, these and other policies appear to have come at the expense of other religious groups — especially Muslims. Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem upset many Muslim leaders in the Arab world. Trump’s travel ban has been condemned for largely affecting Muslims overseas. The administration also has not yet applied the ‘genocide’ designation to another well-documented slaughter of a religious minority — the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.”

Nahal Toosi, “Some see Christian First bias in Trump foreign policy,” Politico, October 4, 2018 6:39 pm

18,758. 9/14/2018

GOP/NATO/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization worked to shore up support in Washington this week, with boosters of the alliance anxious to retain the support of American conservatives amid criticism by President Trump and ahead of a possible Senate vote next year on expansion. Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, worked Capitol Hill this week to make a case that the alliance was important to American prosperity and security, keeping peace in Europe and bolstering American military might and intelligence reach. Mr. Stoltenberg has one of the more difficult jobs in international diplomacy, trying to make progress on Mr. Trump’s demands for more European military spending, assuring allies that the United States remains committed to Europe’s defense and trying to keep separate issues of trade and foreign policy that Washington is intent on merging. But he has proved to be one of the European allies most adept at handling Mr. Trump, maintaining a good relationship despite the White House’s frequent criticisms.”

Julian E. Barnes, “In Face of Trump Criticism, NATO Works to Build Conservative Support,” The New York Times online, September 14, 2018

18,395. 9/3/2018

NATO/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @SecPompeo: On behalf of the American people, special thank you to @Commander_RS GEN Nicholson for his 2+ years of service leading @NATO…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 3, 2018 6:01 am