European nations – not Trump – are undermining NATO

By James Rogers

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When he makes his first formal visit to the United Kingdom later this week, President Donald Trump will greeted by throngs of angry protesters, as well as a giant balloon of a ‘Baby Trump’ flying over London.

Irrespective of his domestic or economic policies, there is one area in which he should be given strong support: European defence spending.

To begin with, don’t shoot the messenger because of who he is. Mr Trump’s demands have already been made by previous American leaders, though less bluntly. George W Bush and Barack Obama continuously and politely chided their European allies, asking them to spend more on defence. The former US Secretary for Defence, Robert Gates, even took it upon himself to remind his European partners that future American leaders might become less interested in European defence if they did not step up.

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