‘It’s a divorce in values’: Trump begs NATO for help on Iran but they dumped this undemocratic bully a while ago

  • 01/09/2020 9:33 am ET Sunny Hundal

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump made one pointed remark during his Iran announcement at the White House:

“Today I am going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process,” the President announced. At least he wasn’t going to leave it all to Jared Kushner again.

But if Trump expects NATO to sort out the mess he created, he may be in for a surprise.

Europe goes the other way

Over the last week, European leaders have spent their time trying to deescalate tensions after the unexpected assassination of the Iranian general. On Thursday morning, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he had spent an hour on the phone with Iranian leaders to emphasize de-escalation.

Trump’s team hasn’t been too happy about it.

“Frankly, the Europeans haven’t been as helpful as I wished that they could be,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last weekend, adding: “the Brits, the French, the Germans all need to understand that what we did, what the Americans did, saved lives in Europe as well.”

But NATO leaders are unlikely to take cues from a leader who has spent over three years undermining the military alliance.

‘A divorce in values’

Last year, Spain’s foreign minister said: “Wherever you look there’s complete disagreement between the States and Europe… It’s a divorce in values,” he added.

He is now leading the EU’s foreign policy. But Europe isn’t running away from the United States per se, it is objecting to Trump.

Across Europe and the world, Trump is more distrusted than any other major world leader. His trashing of the Iran peace deal, which Europe painstakingly worked on, didn’t help.

Neither have Trump’s claims that NATO was “as bad as NAFTA” and “too costly for us” helped matters.

The transatlantic alliance is fraying like never before. And it’s unlikely to want to pick up the mess Trump created.

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