In an interview with the New York Times during the week of the 2016 Republican Convention, presidential nominee Donald Trump said he would defend the Baltic states against a Russian invasion only if he deems that those countries have “fulfilled their obligations to us.” This is consistent with earlier statements from him, such as this Tweet:
Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump
We pay a disproportionate share of the cost of N.A.T.O. Why? It is time to renegotiate, and the time is now! 4:59 AM – 24 Mar 2016
Just two weeks earlier President Obama said: “As treaty allies, we have a solemn, binding Article 5 duty to defend each other. And in this obligation, we will never waver.”
“It is not clear what Trump meant when he spoke of the Baltics’ “obligations.” The pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP is a non-binding political commitment among NATO members, and few meet it.”
Do you agree with (A) Obama, or (B) Trump? Why? Should the 2% target be mandatory?