BELGRADE – NATO’s senior officials are concerned about remarks by US President-elect Donald Trump who said that the alliance is an obsolete organization, German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said on Monday upon arrival at a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Ministers.

“I’ve just come from the talks with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg. NATO is concerned about Trump’s statements,” he said.

The German top diplomat noted that remarks by the US president-elect who will assume office on January 20 run counter to the statements made by a candidate for secretary of defense at a hearing in Washington. “We have to see how this is going to affect the US foreign policy,” he said.

Trump said in an interview with Bild and The Times newspapers NATO has problems, and the alliance is an obsolete organization.

“I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete,” Trump said an interview on Sunday. “It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror.”


  1. Donald Trump is still a hotelier – both in heart and mind, who sees the U.S. as an island that he has just conquered, but still he is unsure how to govern and develop it. On the other hand, Angela Merkel is a proven stateswoman with a splendid record of statesmanship. Given Trump’s diminished respect for women, Trump probably doesn’t understand -at this juncture of his political immaturity- that Angela Merkel is “The First Lady of Europe,” and widely respected worldwide. Trump needs time to “break-in,” like all new cars do, before they -and Trump hopefully- starts to run smoothly. For now, Trump treats the U.S. as its owner, still unable to understand that his billionaire power is irrelevant in the global political and strategic circles. The political education education of Donald Trump will start in 4 days. I bet it will be rough, will some necessary flip-flops – until he learns the ropes, and settle himself into the already settled global political landscape that he cannot control, nor change! Nikos Retsos, retired professor, Chicago


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