NYT: Trump Suggested US Withdrawal From NATO Several Times In 2018

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - NOVEMBER,30 (RUSSIA OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) looks on Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit's Plenary Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November,30,2018. U.S.Preisident Donald Trump has cancelled his meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Argentina planned on Saturday. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Image
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at U.S. President Donald Trump during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit's Plenary Meeting on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
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Multiple times throughout the course of 2018, President Trump suggested privately that he wanted to pull the U.S. out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, The New York Times reported. 

According to current and former administration officials who spoke to the Times, Trump vocalized during the NATO summit last summer that he didn’t understand the point of the alliance and characterized it as a financial burden on the U.S. At the time, Trump’s national security team clambered to keep Trump’s private wishes quiet to avoid uproar.

The report of Trump’s fickle relationship with the military alliance takes on heightened importance given reports that the FBI investigated Trump in 2016 over suspicions that he was working for the Kremlin and that he tried to keep the contents of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin private from aides. The weakening of NATO has long been a goal of the Kremlin.

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