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Stoltenberg argues that it is in the US interest to remain in the Alliance

The secretary general of NATO defended today that it is in the United States’ interest to remain in the Atlantic Alliance, at a time when it is feared that North American involvement could be at stake in a possible second term for Donald Trump.

“I hope that the United States (US) remains NATO’s greatest ally. And I hope that for three reasons: first, because it is in the US security interest to have a strong NATO. The US has something that no other power has, that is, more than 30 defense allies. Russia doesn’t have that. The USA doesn’t have that”, stressed Jens Stoltenberg.

According to Stoltenberg, at a time when Washington is concerned about China’s military capabilities, “it is even more important to maintain NATO with all defense allies.”

At a press conference at the end of the first day of work at the NATO summit, which runs until Thursday in Washington, Jens Stoltenberg also said that the United States “is obviously big”, as it “represents 25% of the world economy”, but highlighted that, “if we add all NATO allies, this represents 50% of the world economy”.

“It is in the US interest to maintain NATO. A strong NATO is good for Europe, but also for the US”, he stressed.

The second reason presented by the leader of the Atlantic Alliance is the broad bipartisan support that NATO enjoys on North American territory.

The Norwegian politician argued that polls show strong support for NATO in the USA and that this same support has been conveyed to him by several Democratic and Republican senators and congressmen with whom he has met in recent days.

Finally, Jens Stoltenberg directly referred to former president and candidate for the White House, Donald Trump, who caused controversy by encouraging Russia “to do whatever the hell you want” with NATO allies who did not comply with spending guidelines with Defense, statements that caused widespread concern in Europe.

Stoltenberg stressed that Trump’s biggest reason for criticism “is not against NATO, but against NATO allies who did not invest enough in NATO.”

“And that has changed. This clear message has had an impact, the allies are actually increasing this spending,” he noted.

Once again asked about concerns that Member States may have expressed throughout today about Trump’s possible return to the Presidency, Stoltenberg argued that NATO is the most successful Alliance in history because it was able to keep out of “domestic political debates”, arguing that it is important that this continues to be done.

As an example of several similar concerns that have been raised over the years, since the creation of NATO, the secretary general mentioned Portugal, where also, after the dictatorial period, the continuity of support for NATO came into question.

“We have had many examples of concerns raised by elections that could lead to a reduction in support for NATO. I just read an article about when a new government appeared in Portugal in 1975, after years of dictatorship, when there were concerns that this Government would not support NATO”, he said.

A possible victory for Donald Trump in November has left several European allies on alert, with several analysts predicting that the Republican tycoon could reduce support for the Organization and Ukraine, or even withdraw the United States of the Alliance.

The United States is one of the founding members and has the largest army in the Organization.

At today’s press conference, NATO’s secretary general also welcomed the increase in investment in the defense of allied countries, highlighting that the total already exceeds 2% of the Gross Domestic Product of European member states and the Canada.

The summit marking NATO’s 75th anniversary is also the last for the current secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, who will be succeeded by the former Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte.

Under the leadership of Norwegian Stoltenberg, who started on October 1, 2014, NATO gained four new members by joining Montenegro (2017), North Macedonia (2020), Finland (2023) and Sweden cia (2024).

Portugal is one of the 12 countries in Europe and North America that founded NATO in 1949.

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Francesco Giganti

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