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Friday, 19 May 2017 16:11

Trump Must Abandon Obama-Era Leading from Behind

Written by  Michael Morris

Four months after taking office, President Donald Trump is taking his first foray onto the world stage. Over the course of the next seven days he will travel to Europe and the Middle East, visiting four countries as well as the Vatican: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, and Italy.

Across the Atlantic, he will take part in a mini-summit in Brussels, as well as the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

The president’s overseas tour is an important opportunity to project U.S. leadership, stand shoulder to shoulder with key U.S. allies, and strengthen partnerships that have formed the bedrock of U.S. strategic interests for decades.

In Europe, there will be intense scrutiny of Trump’s participation in the NATO mini-summit, at a time of mounting Russian aggression. His message in Brussels must be loud and clear: The United States will resist any attempt by Moscow to threaten the sovereignty of the Baltic states and NATO member states in Eastern Europe.

At the same time, the president should reiterate his earlier calls for increased defense spending by all NATO members. NATO’s European partners can and must do more to invest in their own defense. It is unacceptable that just five NATO countries currently meet the agreed minimum spending commitment of 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Read more at CNSNews

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