Even Needing To Say America Will Not Abandon NATO….International Embarrassment Caused By Donald Trump
This is simply embarrassing for those who have read history and have a grasp of international affairs–even a most tenuous grasp.
President Obama had to stand before the White House Press Corp and the international committee to state that Donald Trump is committed to NATO.
Trump, whose unexpected victory last week shocked world leaders, was often critical of NATO on the campaign trail, going so far as to call it “obsolete.” Unbelievable!
Those statements, coupled with his praise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — with whom Trump spoke by phone on Monday — have alarmed foreign leaders, especially in the front-line states in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.
Obama, who is preparing to embark on his last trip to Europe as president, said Trump signaled when they met last week that he would not be throwing out the decades-old alliance. Is there any doubt as to why world leaders are deeply concerned when one with such a lack of background was elected in this nation?
“He expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships,” Obama said at his first press conference since last week’s election. “And so, one of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance.”
“I think that’s one of the most important functions I can serve at this stage during this trip. is to let them know that there is no weakening of resolve when it comes to America’s commitment to maintaining a strong and robust NATO relationship and a recognition that those alliances aren’t just good for Europe, they’re good for the United States,” he added. “And they’re vital for the world.”
Thank God for President Obama who can clean this Trump mess up. Who will be there the next time? And what if it does not get handled in time?