Trump appears to have decided to make concessions to the
establishment, having encountered fierce resistance from the US
Congress, political analyst Georgy Engelgardt asserted, citing
Washington's readjusted stance on the North Atlantic Alliance and
Russia as a case in point.
the election campaign, Trump championed the idea of limiting
America's expansionism. Among other things he was advocating for a
more calculated approach toward NATO and urging other member
states to assume more responsibilities as part of the
bloc," the analysttold Gazeta.ru.
this year, Trump caused a stir when he called the North Atlantic
Alliance "obsolete," adding that the bloc has been unable
to efficiently respond to terrorism. He was also critical
of NATO members who were allocating less than 2 percent
of their GDP on defense. In 2015, only five countries
in the 28-member bloc met the threshold. On March 17, Trump
described the current spending imbalance as "very unfair"
to the United States.
high-ranking US officials, including President Donald Trump, Vice
President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and
Secretary of Defense James Mattis, have repeatedly reaffirmed
that Washington remains committed to NATO in recent months.
In February, Mattis called the military bloc "a fundamental
bedrock for the United States and for all the
a research fellow at the Institute for Slavic Studies
of the Russian Academy of Sciences, further said that
Trump's initiatives at home and abroad have been met
with resistance from the US Congress, prompting the White
House to backtrack on some of its pledges.
decision to put the pro-Russian agenda on hold is the most
obvious step backwards," he explained, adding that ties
between Washington and Moscow have become a "politically
toxic" issue for the current US administration.
Trump has repeatedly stated that Washington should improve its
strained relationship with Russia, suggesting that both
countries could work together on tackling Daesh and other
terrorist groups. However, he has not unveiled any specific proposals
yet. Meanwhile, some members of his team have been increasingly
tough on Russia, much to Moscow's discontent.
to recent rumors, Trump has become less willing to pursue a
deal with Russia due to mounting domestic pressure on his
administration with regard to supposed illicit dealings
with Moscow. Both, Trump and Russian officials have denied any