Why Europe Should Heed Trump’s NATO Warning
President Donald Trump’s approach to the NATO Summit last week was widely criticized. Yet, watching the meeting from afar in Warsaw – Warsaw, Missouri (population 2,127) – I had to wonder whether the president’s critics weren’t again getting exercised over his style at the expense of understanding the substance.
Residents of Warsaw, several hours southeast of Kansas City (in a county where almost 75 percent of people voted for Mr. Trump) don’t much care about the finger wagging at the president, just like most of the American heartland that overwhelmingly supported him. They don’t care about the naysayers on Twitter who take great joy in claiming that the upward trend on NATO spending began after Russia’s 2014 invasion, and not in response to President Trump’s hectoring. What they do care about is that they finally have a president fighting for something they believe in – burden-sharing.