Trump and NATO: How the president’s honest questions will make the alliance stronger

After all the worry over President Trump’s criticisms of the NATO alliance, it certainly looks like he is making the alliance significantly stronger.

The president landed in Brussels on Wednesday, kicking off the last leg of his first international trip as president.

Allies are learning something that’s taking the American media a long time to understand. Donald Trump does not care about theory, about globalism, or about “the way we’ve always done it.” He is a man of action and results.

The president will continue to meet with European leaders to discuss a variety of issues. But President Trump’s priorities will be combatting Islamist terrorism and securing NATO’s official commitment to become a much more active partner in that effort.

A corollary of this, of course, is urging individual NATO countries to up their financial contributions to meet the security needs of the alliance.

After remarks during the campaign doubting the contributions of NATO to the security of the United States (that’s why each member nation is part of the alliance, right? For its own security?) Trump administration officials including Vice President Mike Pence, secretaries of State and Defense Tillerson and Mattis, and ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, have reiterated the U.S. commitment to the alliance, and in particular, Article V, the mechanism that requires each member nation to come to the defense of any and all…

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