Biden walks a trans-Atlantic tightrope, balancing domestic, foreign concerns

Feb 19, 2021
The president wants to reengage with the world, but it won't be able to immediately reverse Trump administration policies.
In his virtual appearance at the Munich Security Conference, President Joe Biden emphasized the United States' commitment to NATO.
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New Pentagon head to push NATO on military spending

Jun 24, 2019
Mark Esper will tell NATO partners to keep boosting defense spending.
A car drives past graffiti reading "Thank you NATO" and featuring the U.S. flag near the village of Stagovo, Kosovo, on March 24.
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NATO – more than a military alliance

Apr 3, 2019
Seven decades from its foundation, NATO faces persistent criticism from President Trump.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands in the Oval Office at the White House April 02, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Mr. Conte goes to Washington

Jul 30, 2018
Today President Donald Trump will welcome Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to the White House. When Conte and Trump met earlier this year at the G7 and NATO summits, they found common ground on Russia and on anti-immigration policy. But they see things differently when it comes to trade and military spending — two issues […]
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) shakes hands with the President of the United States Donald Trump on the first day of the G7 Summit, on 8 June, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.
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As Trump prepares for NATO summit, we ask: What’s our NATO ROI?

Jul 9, 2018
President Donald Trump frequently complains about NATO. Just this morning he was tweeting about how NATO allies aren’t spending enough; that the U.S. pays an unfair share. It’s true that NATO members are supposed to spend 2 percent of their GDP on their military. It’s also true that only about eight of NATO’s 29 members […]

The future of NATO

Jul 9, 2018
President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization starting on Wednesday. He’s been outspoken about his disdain for the military alliance connecting the U.S., Canada and Europe, saying that most NATO nations fail to pay their “fair share” for the common defense. Click the above audio player to hear […]

NATO and global military defense during the era of the Trump administration

Jul 3, 2018
Douglas Lute, U.S. ambassador to NATO during the Obama administration provides insights ahead of the NATO meeting.
A view of world leaders during a NATO summit in May of last year.
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Trump's NATO visit is going to be awkward

May 24, 2017
President Trump has arrived in Brussels on the latest leg of his first official foreign trip since his election. Apart from meeting European leaders, he will visit NATO’s shiny new headquarters in the Belgian capital. This could be a tricky visit. During the election campaign, Trump was not overly complimentary about the alliance. Click the […]

Mixed response to Trump’s call for NATO members to boost defense spending

Apr 12, 2017
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is wrapping up a two-day visit to the U.S. Later today, he’ll hold a joint press conference with President Trump in Washington. The U.S. is the main contributor to the military alliance. Trump, like many presidents before him, has repeatedly called on the other 27 NATO members to spend more on defense. […]

Defense spending highlighted as Mattis attends NATO meeting

Feb 15, 2017
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is in Brussels today for a meeting of defense ministers from the 28-member NATO alliance. It’s the first NATO meeting for Mattis since he took office. The U.S. contributes some 70 percent of the overall defense expenditure of NATO countries, and the issue of defense spending will likely be front […]