U.S. President Donald Trump can return to the consideration of the America’s withdrawal from the NATO, in case, he is not satisfied with the pace of the buildup of the military expenditure by the allies as The New York Times reported citing sources at presidential administration.
According to the newspaper, Trump has stated about the desire to withdraw the U.S. from the NATO many times on a confidential basis.
“In the days around a tumultuous NATO summit meeting last summer, 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,” the message said.
At the same time, a group of the high-ranking officials of the national security sphere, including then Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Adviser John Bolton assume all efforts to keep the current strategy.
The White House reminded the summer statements of Trump, which emphasized the commitment of the U.S. to the NATO and importance of the alliance. The officials refused to give any other comments.
In July 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull the United State out of NATO over the disputes about defense expenditures. Reuters news agency reported that Trump did not threaten to pull out of NATO at the second day of a summit on Thursday, despite a tough rebuke of allies for spending too little on defense.