If President-elect Donald Trump’s recent statements on the European Union and the NATO are any indication, his administration could bring unprecedented changes to longstanding alliances between Western countries.
In an interview published Sunday with the Times of London and Bild newspapers, Trump questioned the value of the NATO alliance when he was asked whether he understood why many in eastern Europe feared Russian aggression.
“I said a long time ago — that NATO had problems,” Trump told The Times and Bild. “Number one it was obsolete, because it was, you know, designed many, many years ago. Number two — the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay.”
He also appeared indifferent toward the EU.
“People want their own identity, so if you ask me, others, I believe others will leave,” Trump said of the political and economic union. He also said that the EU’s future doesn’t matter much for the US.
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