NATO general says Donald Trump not serious about abandoning treaty

Czech Army General Petr Pavel said Wednesday that NATO's Article 5 mutual defense clause is quite clear and NATO will come to the defense of a fellow member who is attacked unconditionally.

By: AP | Toronto | Published:November 17, 2016 7:46 am
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A top NATO general says President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States might abandon its NATO treaty commitments is not serious because the treaty is so binding and important to America and its allies that no president “would dare” change it.

Czech Army General Petr Pavel said Wednesday that NATO’s Article 5 mutual defense clause is quite clear and NATO will come to the defense of a fellow member who is attacked unconditionally.

Pavel, chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, made the remarks to The Associated Press ahead of this weekend’s Halifax International Security Forum. Trump mused during the campaign that he would review allies’ financial contributions before acting under the article’s mutual defense clause. Trump has also called NATO “obsolete” and a bad deal for America.