U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday (January 9) proposed expanding NATO membership to include countries in the region because of recent U.S. tensions with Iran in the Middle East.
In an interview on January 9, Trump said,\" I think NATO should be expanded and we should include the Middle East,\" according to the US political news website Politico. He said the North Atlantic military alliance should replace the United States in the Middle East \"because it is an international issue \". However, Trump did not make it clear which Middle Eastern countries he would invite to join NATO.
Trump said he spoke by phone the day before (8) with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, who was \"excited\" by the prospect of NATO expanding eastward into the Middle East. Trump further said in the interview that if NATO were to expand to the Middle East, then the U.S. military, or most U.S. troops, would be able to go home. The US's fight against the extremist group Islamic State in the Middle East is a \"great help\" to Europe. If NATO included the Middle East, Europe should continue to fight ISIS.
On january 3, iran's islamic revolutionary guard \"holy city brigade\" commander sulaimani was killed near iraq's baghdad airport by american drone attacks. In the early hours of January 8 local time, Iran launched a missile attack on a U.S.-based base in Iraq. After the attack, Iranian Foreign Minister Sergei Zarif said Iran had only engaged in proportional self-defense and did not seek an escalation or war.
At noon local time on January 8, Trump said in a speech at the White House that Iran's attack did not cause casualties on the U.S. side and announced it would add new sanctions to Iran. 9(UPI)-- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Democrat-led resolution against Trump's unauthorized military strike against Iran. The resolution was followed up by a Republican majority in the Senate.
Notably, in his eight-day speech, Trump also asked NATO to be more involved in Middle East affairs. Later in the day of the eight-day speech, Trump spoke to Stoltenberg, stressing that NATO should increase its value in preventing conflicts and maintaining peace in the Middle East. Both Stoltenberg and Trump agreed that NATO could contribute more to regional stability and fight international terrorism, and the two sides will maintain close communication on the issue, NATO said. Stoltenberg also discussed the potential for NATO expansion with U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo.
'Nato, yes,' Trump told reporters in an interview. Then add M-E, Middle East. Trump compared his fingers in the air and said,\" You can call it NATO-ME. What a beautiful name. I'll take it!\"
Since becoming president, Mr. Trump has argued that the U.S.'s share of defense costs in NATO is too high, demanding additional defense spending from other members and repeatedly hinting at or threatening to quit. And on the eve of the NATO summit in December, French President Emmanuel Macron sparked an uproar when he broke the words \"NATO brain dead\" in an interview with The Economist. NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg also has to admit that the lack of unity has become a problem NATO has to face. (For more original information, please download the \"Surging News\" app)