Why has Trump changed his views on NATO and the EU? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
As I have noted in previous posts, Mr. Trump’s proclaimed superior knowledge of geopolitics—e.g., his boast, “I know more than the generals on ISIS.”—would fall short of reality. International relations cannot be as easily stage-managed as the bombast from a presidential candidate’s lectern.
As Mr. Palmer has correctly pointed out, the United States and the United Kingdom have assumed a disproportionate share of the expense defending Western Europe; give Mr. Trump his due for bringing this to the forefront—at least with regard to the U.S.
Despite Mr. Trump’s inner coterie of right-wing jingoists, he has leaned toward circumspection, yielding under the weight of calmer, seasoned political and military strategists.
Fortunately, ascendancy to the office tends to mute some of one’s ignoble traits.