4 A new UN report shows the US may not be a full member of the Nato alliance by the end of the decade.
Read more The report, released on Monday, shows the alliance is set to slip into a “stalemate” with the United States as it tries to balance defence spending against the rise in nuclear arms.
The report by the United Nations Security Council’s Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM, also says the Trump administration is pushing for the withdrawal of some US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The administration has been adamant that the US remain in the alliance, which is made up of a coalition of more than 190 nations and is designed to protect countries at war.
The US, however, has pushed for a wider alliance that includes the European Union, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and a few smaller countries.
The JIM said the United Sates “continues to see no immediate prospect of its membership” in the organization, although it said the administration was moving to accelerate negotiations on the extension of the term of the treaty.
It also said the Trump White House has made clear that it is keen on withdrawing from the alliance and has asked allies to consider a “sensible withdrawal” of the US troops in the region.
“This assessment is based on the US withdrawal from the NSC,” the JIM’s report said.
“The Trump administration has not yet specified how it would proceed with withdrawal from NSC membership, or how it might make it feasible for its allies to contribute to a wider, inclusive and effective UN system.
The JIM assessment also highlights the growing risk of a serious, and potentially irreversible, deterioration in the status of the United State-led international order and the threat of a catastrophic breakdown of the international order.”
The Trump Whitehouse said the report was an attempt to push back on the report and the report’s findings, which it says are “inaccurate”.
“The report is a politicized effort to discredit the United Kingdom and its leadership and undermine our ability to lead,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.
JIM director-general Jens Stoltenberg told reporters at the Geneva-based agency on Monday that the United nations is still in talks with the EU, which the Trump Administration says is still on board with the extension.
“We are still negotiating with the European Commission and the Commission is still interested in the possibility of a comprehensive extension,” he said.
The EU is the biggest US ally in the N.
Korea summit and its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said earlier this month that the UK and Germany are on board for the extension, although neither has announced any formal position.
Trump and the UK have also been discussing an extension of NATO’s eastern flank, but have been unable to agree on a specific date for the meeting.
The White House had hoped to host a summit of European allies to try to revive the peace process in eastern Ukraine, but has not announced a date.
It is unclear whether the Jim will seek a new extension of N.S.A. surveillance powers.
It has previously found that the Trump campaign was aware of the extent of NSA’s surveillance, and the agency was not authorised to spy on US citizens.
The Trump administration says the surveillance was legal under the Constitution and was carried out for national security purposes.
While the report is still being worked out, the US intelligence community has long complained that its own surveillance activities are under review.
Last year, the intelligence community released a report claiming that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee and that the intelligence agencies knew it.