“I’m sure the drafters are working, as we speak, to come up with a communique language that says something like, ‘Well not now, but soon,’” said Jim Townsend, adjunct senior fellow in the Transatlantic Security Program with the Center for a New American Security. “What we say in the communique will be really important.”
Trump has promised to end the Russia-Ukraine war within a day of reentering the White House, raising fears that he will push to cede Ukrainian territory to Russia. And when Trump was president, he held back from fully endorsing the U.S. commitment to NATO’s Article 5 mutual defense provision, something that scares many European leaders.
“There is concern about that, everyone was hoping that Trump was a one-off. Here he’s coming back like a zombie,” Townsend said.
“It’s something that’s spoken in hushed tones in the hallways, usually prefaced by, ‘What do you think are the odds?’”
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