President Donald Trump speaks the praises of Service-charity dinner in conjunction with the PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., 3. Of July 2018.
European heads of state and government is allegedly nervous that President Donald Trump to make good on his election promise to withdraw American troops from the continent, if the host countries do not pay their fair share for the defense.
Trump has long complained that the United States bears a great financial burden, but to act. While the issue is not expected at the Brussels meeting of NATO next week, uncertainty abounds.
The former Secretary of defense Leon Panetta told McClatchy that the European leaders are “scared to death” and are “increasingly concerned [Trump] things not what is in the best interest … but only based on his vision of” America First.'”
After Russia annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea in 2014, the NATO countries agreed to move in the direction of to dedicate to a goal of 2 percent of GDP on defense within a decade.
Last month, a G-7 meeting in Canada pissed if Trump denigrated allies and refused to sign a joint Declaration. Trump’s meeting, the upcoming summit with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, has yet to provide.
Erik Brattberg of the Carnegie Foundation Europe program, in concern, to criticize the Europeans weakens alliances and offers “new opportunities for countries like Russia to take advantage of.”
Eastern Europe, who is sitting in Russia right on the doorstep, was especially eager to continue to the American troops. Poland, for example, has bases put forth a proposal for the United States to build permanent military.
According to Pew Research data, more than 60,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Europe, including 35,000 in Germany, 12,000 in Italy, 8,500 in the UK and 3,300 in Spain, with thousands more turning up in other European countries, per case.
But despite trump the rhetoric, his administration has increased tactical support to Europe of military equipment, in regional exercises and defence signed agreements with Finland and Sweden. To escape, every movement durable American troops from Europe would ultimately require congressional approval.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.