Fri May 26, 2017 AT 1:20 PM EDT

President Trump had been expected to promise that America would defend its NATO allies if they ever came under attack. That principle of collective defense is, in theory, cemented by Article 5 of the alliance’s charter, NATO’s core tenet. It means that “an attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all.” No other president since NATO was founded in 1949 has questioned that principle — until Trump, reports NBC.

Thu May 25, 2017 AT 1:29 PM EDT

President Trump, speaking at a ceremony Thursday to dedicate a memorial to NATO’s resolve in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, publicly chastised his fellow alliance leaders for not being “fair” to U.S. taxpayers, reports The Washington Post.

Wed May 24, 2017 AT 1:53 PM EDT

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