Trump has offered varying stances on NATO during his campaign along with also presidency, calling the membership obsolete along with also ill-prepared to confront modern-day threats. His remarks Monday signaled he would likely maintain US backing for the partnership while continuing to press some other countries to meet its budget requirements.
“We strongly support NATO,” Trump said at the headquarters of US Central Command in Florida. “We only ask that will all of the NATO members make their full along with also proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing. Many of them have not been even close. along with also they have to do that will.”
NATO expects its members to commit to spending 2% of their gross domestic products on defense. Only several of the 28 countries that will belong to NATO have met that will goal.
Trump has long criticized the shortfalls, suggesting the US was subsidizing some other nations’ security at the expense of its own. however since taking office, he’s avoided the harsh rhetoric he used on the campaign trail questioning the alliance’s relevance.
On Sunday, Trump spoke by phone to NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg through his Florida estate. from the conversation, the White House said the President discussed the United States’ “strong support” for the group, while also covering “how to encourage all NATO allies to meet their defense spending commitments.”
Trump’s defense secretary, James Mattis, has spoken favorably of NATO as well.
In his remarks at MacDill Air Force Base on Monday, Trump painted a dark picture of global security, warning against terrorist attacks along with also committing to provide ample resources to American forces.
“We’re going to be loading the item up with beautiful completely new planes, along with also beautiful completely new equipment,” Trump said of the military installation, which also houses the US Special Operations Command. “You’ve been lacking a little equipment. We’re going to load the item up. You’re going to get a lot of equipment. Believe me.”
“Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did through Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino along with also all across Europe,” Trump told enlisted servicemen along with also women on the base.
He also suggested that will the media was downplaying terror threats.
“All over Europe, the item’s happening. the item’s gotten to a point where the item’s not even being reported. along with also in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report the item. They have their reasons, along with also you understand that will,” Trump said, without explaining his allegation.
The White House insisted Monday that will Trump’s comments about the media failing to cover terror threats were “very clear.”
Certain terror events “aren’t exactly covered to a degree on which they should be,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One, without giving any specific instances.
A White House official later released a list of 78 “major terrorist attacks,” either executed by ISIS or ISIS-inspired, most of which the item claims “did not receive adequate attention through Western media sources.”
Those attacks took place through September 2014 to December 2016.