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    1/ President Trump addressed NATO today in Brussels, and it did not go well. #thread wapo.st/2rDjhgH

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    2/ After calling NATO “obsolete” Trump needed to say what every predecessor since Truman has said: The US is committed to Art 5

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    3/ He didn’t. This is a major blow to the Alliance. At the core of NATO is the unconditional commitment to collective defense

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    4/ Instead of reaffirming this core commitment, Trump lectured NATO about spending more on defense

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    5/ He’s right. They should. And they are. 23 countries increased defense spending last year. 8 countries will spend 2% on military next year

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    6/ All allies committed in 2014 to spend at least 2% on defense by 2024. They did so because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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    7/ Trump could have thanked allies for increasing their spending and urged them to accelerate the timetable by a few years

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    8/ Certainly, the threat from Russia warrants increased spending. NATO countries see Russia as the greatest threat to their security

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    10/ But Trump said barely anything about Russia, focusing instead on threat of terrorism and immigration on which allies are divided

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    11/ Trump’s first NATO meeting was an opportunity to unite the Alliance. Unfortunately, NATO today is more divided than ever. || end

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