Nile Gardiner: Pres. Trump’s ‘No Nonsense’ Leadership on NATO Has Been ‘Effective’
GARDINER: "Well, I think President Trump’s leadership of the NATO alliance has actually been very effective. If you look at overall levels of defense spending among all NATO partners, they have significantly increased actually over the past three years. And even the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has been effusive in his praise actually of President Trump’s leadership of the NATO alliance. I say you really have to look at the big picture here. There are more U.S. troops on the ground now than there were under President Obama. You have a far bigger U.S. presence now in eastern Europe, and I think President Trump’s pressure certainly has significantly increased the willingness of NATO allies to spend more on defense. Of course, a lot more needs to be done on that front. But we are making progress, and I would argue that Trump’s no nonsense approach has actually been overall pretty effective in raising the level of pressure on NATO partners. And it’s also important to point out that many U.S. presidents have appealed for increased defense spending by NATO allies. I think only President Trump has really been successful in delivering that."