Baku. 15 January. REPORT.AZ/ Last year, President Donald Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.
According to Report, senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of 2018, Trump privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current and former officials who support the alliance said they fearedTrump could return to his threat as allied military spending continued to lag behind the goals the president had set.
In the days around a tumultuous NATO summit meeting last summer, they said, Trump told his top national security officials that he did not see the point of the military alliance, which he presented as a drain on the United States.
At the time, Trump’s national security team, including Jim Mattis, then the defense secretary, and John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, scrambled to keep American strategy on track without mention of a withdrawal.
Earlier, Trump called unacceptable the fact that the US spends much more on NATO than any other country of the Alliance.