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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 02:06 PM

Skepticism runs deep at NATO as Pompeo meets with allies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed into meetings at NATO on Wednesday amid questions about U.S. leadership in the military alliance and whether it will even continue to be a member.

Pompeoís conversations with foreign ministers at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization aim to lay the groundwork for a higher-level meeting of presidents and prime ministers scheduled for next month in London.

Once pretty staid affairs, NATO gatherings nowadays are infused with melodrama and cliffhanging uncertainty about global challenges and the willingness of the United States to aid its allies. Diplomats were particularly unnerved by the U.S. decision last month to withdraw troops from northern Syria before a Turkish invasion, without consulting the Europeans in advance.

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Concern about the use of NATO is nothing new, but criticisms about the alliance that were once largely expressed behind the scenes are being aired more openly as the London summit approaches. Leaders are steeling themselves for another public thrashing from Trump, who suggested at last yearís summit that the United States may withdraw from the alliance if European governments donít spend more on defense.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/skepticism-runs-deep-at-nato-as-pompeo-meets-with-allies/2019/11/20/4c92a3c2-0a2e-11ea-8397-a955cd542d00_story.html

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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 03:28 PM

1. Wait, where was Ivanka? You mean she didn't come along for the ride?

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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 04:47 PM

2. Can't stand Pompeo, but better he preceded Trump...I guess he's coming later. He should

Stay away!

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