US President Donald Trump says his administration supports Nato – but repeated his campaign mantra that they should “pay their fair share” to support the costs of the military alliance.
During remarks delivered at his first presidential visit to US Central Command (Centcom) headquarters in Florida, Mr Trump said his administration “strongly support(s) Nato”, adding: “We only ask that all of the Nato members make their full and proper contributions to the Nato alliance, which many of them have not been doing – many of them have not even been close, and they have to do that.”
The remarks come as members of the international community have watched closely to see whether Mr Trump remains committed to the Nato alliance or if he will take a different path, as he sometimes threatened to do on the campaign trail. During the lead-up to the US presidential election he branded Nato “obsolete” and said he would force member nations to leave the transatlantic alliance unless they contribute more money to the endeavor, remarks that shook some Nato members, particularly those most threatened by Russia’s latest moves.
Mr Trump has agreed to attend an upcoming summit of Nato leaders in Europe in late May, according to a White House statement over the weekend.