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Trump threatens to leave NATO, asks members to up efforts against terrorism

Trump will leave for a five-nation tour this week, during which he would attend summit in Belgium

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

does not have much patience for "lip service" and would pull out of (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) if its member countries do not make major efforts in combating and fulfil their financial commitment.

"He (Trump) is at a place now he would like to stay in But he also is not going to stay in if it doesn't make a lot more progress much quicker," a senior Trump administration official said yesterday, ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels next week.

Trump will leave for a five-nation tour this week, during which he would attend the summit in

In his meeting with NATO leaders, Trump would confer on the war in Afghanistan and the fight against

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had on Tuesday said that the US president would like to see a greater effort placed on combating by the NATO countries and living up to their financial obligation that they agreed to.

"The one thing that he doesn't have patience for is kind of lip service. So people are telling him good things. NATO has stepped up a little bit more, but you know, we'll either see real changes toward NATO or we'll try to form a different way of going about things," the official said.

"So you'll see what he says when he's there (at the summit), but it's a very serious issue for him and it's a very serious issue for the American people because we don't want to be paying for everyone's defence and it's just not fair to the American taxpayers and it's not something that the president wants to see happen," the official said.

At the Brussels summit, Trump will talk about how "we really do need and want our partners in to do more".

"America has borne the burden of that partnership for too long, and the Trump Administration is expecting everyone to step up. We want a strong relationship, but we want everyone else to do their share," the official said.

"There are some issues in the world that are America's problems and there are some issues that are the world's problems, and they're as much Canada's problems as they're America's problems as they're Germany's problems.

"At the end of the day, we have to have a thoughtful discussion about how we go about doing it. But what I do know is that the president's view is that America should not be bearing the entire burden for everyone's security around the world," the official asserted.

First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 09:24 IST