The French president has warned that NATO is experiencing “brain death”. Emmanuel Macron said the alliance, which was founded in 1949, is suffering from a lack of coordination and US unpredictability under President Donald Trump. When asked if he still believed in the Article Five collective defense guarantee of NATO’s treaty, which says an attack on one ally is an attack on all, he replied: “I don’t know.”
NATO launched its largest military exercises since the Cold War era in response to Russia’s expanding presence in the Arctic and Baltic Sea. The Trident Juncture war games began on Thursday in places from Iceland to Finland. The games will include approximately 50,000 soldiers, 10,00 tanks, 250 aircraft, 65 ships, and more.
Amid concerns about continued US support for NATO, President Trump criticized NATO allies on Wednesday, targeting Germany for its dependence on Russian energy and demanding nations double their military spending commitments. Trump commented that Germany is ‘totally controlled by Russia.’ Trump focused mainly on allied defense spending at the NATO summit.
President Trump arrived in Brussels for a NATO summit on Wednesday ahead of a scheduled one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland. Trump criticized the EU and NATO allies before visiting. NATO allies are concerned Trump may threaten the alliance’s effort to show unity in the face of global threats.
After rattling US allies at last week’s NATO summit, President Trump commented that sending troops to defend an ‘aggressive’ Montenegro could result in World War III. Trump’s comment questioned the NATO article that says if one NATO country is attacked then all others will join in defense. Montenegro is the most recent addition to NATO.
President Trump expressed his contempt for the fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members during his speech on Thursday at the NATO headquarters in Brussels for the alliance members failing to meet their agreed defense spending, two percent of GDP. He also refrained from endorsing Article 5 of the NATO’s founding treaty: an attack on any member is an attack on all. During the summit alliance formally stated that it would join the fight against the islamic state.