Tags: Donald Trump | Trump Administration | nato | allies | trade war | defense spending | wesley clark

Wesley Clark: NATO Allies 'Very, Very Concerned' About Trump

Wesley Clark: NATO Allies 'Very, Very Concerned' About Trump
President Donald Trump attends a NATO meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:07 PM

Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark said Wednesday that NATO allies were "very, very concerned" about meeting with President Donald Trump in Brussels this week because "the real question is, is President Trump really committed to the alliance?"

"Will he provide the leadership that NATO's looking for, American leadership, as our presidents have done in the past to deter Soviet efforts or Russian efforts against our allies and friends in Europe?" Clark, 73, who served as NATO allied supreme commander in Europe from 1997 to 2000, told Jake Tapper on CNN. "Will he really stand tall?

"Will he commit the prestige and the power of the United States to supporting freedom and nations that share our interests and values?

"Or, will he simply try to wash his hands of it and make an argument of it as though it's some mercenary financial transaction?" Clark posed.

"That's what our allies are concerned about — and they're still concerned, especially when they consider that he's going to see Vladimir Putin.

"He says that's easy," Clark told Tapper.

"He's cozy with the potential adversaries. He is tough on our friends and allies.

"It's not a good way to build teamwork," he said.

At an already tense NATO summit in Belgium, President Trump on Wednesday called on allies to raise their defense spending to 4 percent of economic output.

He also accused Germany of being a "captive" to Russia over its support for an 800-mile Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, though Trump later said after meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel the U.S. had "a tremendous relationship with Germany."

"For the president to say that they're captive to Russia would be like somebody saying the United States is captive to China because they hold a lot of our Treasury debt," Clark told Tapper.

"Now, we don't believe that we're captive to China. Germany certainly doesn't believe it's captive to Russia.

"But to make that comment, in public, what he's actually doing is he's forcing Angela Merkel and the German public to come back against him," he explained.

"If that's what he wants, if he wants conflict, he's certainly got the right recipe for it," Clark said. "If he wants teamwork and cooperation, for common goals and common interests, he's gone about it the wrong way."

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
NATO allies were "very, very concerned" about meeting with President Donald Trump in Brussels this week because "the real question is, is President Trump really committed to the alliance?" retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark said Wednesday.
nato, allies, trade war, defense spending, wesley clark
383
2018-07-11
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:07 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved