NATO London meeting comes as Trump cuts back on aid

President Donald Trump listens to President of Italy Sergio Mattarella (not pictured) during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Oct. 16, 2019.

LONDON – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has warned that if President Donald Trump is re-elected in 2020 “there will be no NATO.” Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, claims the military alliance is experiencing “brain death.” When Turkey invaded Syria in October with little coordination with Europe and the United States, it illustrated Ankara’s disorderly and discordant NATO membership. 

Twenty-nine leaders from North American and European governments, including Trump, will congregate at a luxury hotel on the outskirts of London on Dec. 3-4 for a NATO meeting. They will discuss a wide variety of strategic economic and security issues: threats from cyberspace, terrorism, Syria’s eight-year-old civil war, China’s growing military might, an assertive Russia, space warfare and more.

“NATO is needed more now than at any point since the end of the Cold War,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former NATO secretary general who previously served as prime minister of Denmark, in an interview. “Not least because of Russian aggression against Ukraine,” he added, referring to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.  “We need NATO to strengthen the territorial defense of our allies,” he said. 

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