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NATO had three goals when first established.
1. Deter Soviet expansionism.
2. Prevent the revival of militarism in Europe.
3. Encourage Euro political/economic integration.
During it's period of establishment Europe was in ruins. Facing a threat from the intimidating USSR, and later from the forces of the Warsaw Pact. Given strategic and political realities, the United States emerged as the forefront defender of peace. This was until the fall of the USSR and dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.
If you're Donald Trump, you realize seventy years later the world has moved on. Europe is a massive economic power, with a population of 500 million.
Despite more than sufficient economies and manpower, Europe has downgraded their military capabilities. Relying on the USA for maintaining security. The vexing part, is that while Europeans are enjoying a 35-hour work week, generous benefits and extended vacations, American workers have to put in 40 to 50 hours per week to support Europe’s defense.
With the fall of the USSR, NATO's mission has changed. Without a real threat to justify their existence. NATO now works as a "Peacekeeper" against any and all perceived threats to world order. Pursuing not strategic, but "moral" goals in an attempt to promote Westernization.
The real issue with this is the violation of the verbal agreement between Secretary of State James Baker and Russian Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, NATO launched a zealous expansion to the east. Growing from 16 countries to 28 today. A expansion that can be only seen from Moscow as a strategy to encircle Russia and turn its neighbors into hostile countries.