President Donald Trump stood next to a twisted piece of the World Trade Center and addressed America's NATO allies on Thursday — but he didn't give them the assurance they wanted that the United States will automatically come to their defense.
The ceremony in Brussels dedicated a memorial to the only time NATO has invoked that automatic defense clause — after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — when those same NATO nations
European heads of state including Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron exchanged private asides in Brussels, as Trump admonished them and other leaders of the 28-member alliance for not paying their "fair share" for defense.
Trump said the U.S. would not "forsake the friends" who came to America's aid after the deadly terrorist attacks. He did not, however, explicitly mention and endorse "Article 5," the mutual assistance clause in the NATO charter that he was widely expected to back publicly for the first time.