The Allies recognize 2014 as a watershed year and we could no longer deny reality. As guardians for our nations and as sentinels for new threats, we all see our community of nations under threat on multiple fronts, as the arc of instability builds on NATO's periphery and beyond. President Trump came into office, and has thrown now his full support to NATO.
He, too, espouses NATO's need to adapt to today's strategic situation, for it to remain credible, capable and relevant. Further, as Minister von der Leyen noted last week, it is a fair demand that all who benefit from the best alliance in the world, carry their proportionate share of the necessary cost to defend our freedoms.