Trump threatens to quit NATO: White House official

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© Virginie Mayo – AFP | US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves the stage after addressing the media at NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 31, 2017.

Text by Philip CROWTHER , our correspondent at the White House

Latest update : 2017-05-18

US President Donald Trump would consider leaving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization if member states do not follow through with pledges to increase their annual contributions to the Alliance, a senior White House official said.

The White House official said, on condition of anonymity, that Trump wants to see faster and more concrete developments at NATO.

This explicit threat to leave the 68-year-old Alliance comes ahead of Trump’s first trip abroad, which includes the NATO summit in Brussels next week (May 25th).

“We’ll either see real changes towards NATO or we’ll try to form a different way of going about things”, the senior White House…

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