The Republican Roots and Grave Risks of Donald Trump’s Hostility to NATO

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President-elect Donald Trump has shocked America’s European allies yet again. In a joint interview with the Times of London and German publication Bild, he denigrated NATO as “obsolete” and added, “A lot of these countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States.” His proviso that “NATO is very important to me” was not enough to calm nerves in Europe. “Trump’s attitudes have raised alarm bells across Europe,” The Washington Post reported after German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to Trump’s remarks by curtly saying, “We Europeans have our destiny in our own hands.” Russia, meanwhile, welcomed Trump’s remarks. “NATO is indeed a vestige [of the past] and we agree with