03 Jul '18, 8pm

Ex-NATO commander: Trump\'s disdain for US-led alliance leads to ‘new and dangerous’ situation https://t.co/LjI2EglGrW

Ex-NATO commander: Trump\'s disdain for US-led alliance leads to ‘new and dangerous’ situation https://t.co/LjI2EglGrW

STUTTGART, Germany — Growing doubt about President Donald Trump’s commitment to the U.S.-led NATO alliance and concerns that a looming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin could weaken the security pact cloud an upcoming summit of world leaders in Brussels next week, former U.S. military commanders in Europe said. Similar to Trump, prior U.S. administrations have called on NATO members to spend more on defense. But Trump’s personal criticisms of heads of state and his willingness to link security matters to trade have the trans-Atlantic alliance on edge like never before in its 70-year history. “The alliance is at a moment of high tension ... something is new and dangerous,” said retired U.S. Adm. Jim Stavridis, who served for four years as NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, in an interview with Stars and Stripes. “What is different now is the obvious antip...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/ex-nato-commander-trump-s-di...

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