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NATO Summit Will Likely Have Tough Questions for Tillerson: Experts

The U.S. is considered the de facto head of NATO, as it holds the world’s most powerful military

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    NATO Summit Will Likely Have Tough Questions for Tillerson: Experts
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    In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to employees upon his arrival at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Tillerson will be tasked with reassuring NATO member nations that the United States is committed to its role within the organization at his first NATO summit Friday.

    At his first NATO meeting on Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be tasked with reassuring the organization’s member-nations that the United States remains committed to them, NBC News reported.

    Tillerson initially planned to skip the summit and has done little to calm fears stirred by President Donald Trump having labeled NATO as “obsolete” and suggesting that the U.S. wouldn't protect its members against Russian aggression unless they increased their military spending.

    Members are concerned about whether the Trump administration understands how NATO works, as well as what type of implications could arise if the U.S. doesn’t fulfill its role, said Keir Giles, an associate fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House.

    The U.S. is considered the de facto head of NATO, as it holds the world’s most powerful military. Its members pledge to defend each other in case of an attack, but most countries now spend less than suggested two percent of GDP.

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