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President Trump at the NATO Summit
Jul 12, 2018 at 12:28 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Yesterday, July 11th, marked the opening of a 2-day NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.
  • NATO, which stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is a security alliance that was established in 1949 to counter the perceived Soviet threat. It now has 29 member states across North America and Europe. 
  • Independent NATO member states adhere to a policy of collective defense. This means that an attack by an external party on one member state is considered to be an attack on all.
  • US President Trump is an outspoken critic of NATO's funding structure. This morning, he tweeted: “Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost. The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!”
  • Russia is not a member of NATO, but President Trump plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16th.

Food For Thought

Were President Trump’s actions at the NATO summit justified or inappropriate? What is the best funding structure for NATO?

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