We’re Worried About the Baltics: What Does Trump’s Election Portend for these Tiny U.S. Allies?
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Many U.S. allies have spent the last week pondering what Donald Trump’s election means for their foreign policy and national security. The tiny Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are surely among the most worried.
After all, Vladimir Putin has already been behaving aggressively towards them. And as a candidate, Donald Trump often indicated his contempt for NATO at their expense, leaving substantial doubt in many people’s minds whether he would honor U.S. alliance commitments to those countries. If you were Putin and were thinking about how to blow a hole in the Western alliance, the Baltics present an obvious soft spot.