There are announced defense deals all the time. Literally yesterday the State Department approved a $650 million sale of AMRAAMS to Great Britain and a $90 million sale of the same to Denmark. That was just yesterday. In June there was approval for a $680 million AEGIS deal for Spain. This year alone Germany has been approved for almost $4 billion in drones and transport aircraft sales. They happen all the time.
You’re missing the point. They are buying more, they pledged to spend more back in 2014 and they’re all working toward that. Which they reiterated again. So then Trump waltzes in and for the first time since it’s formation there’s doubt about the United States’ commitment to the most successful military alliance of all time. And this helps the US and NATO how? The answer is that it doesn’t. But it definitely helps Russia.
Bye the way, I am curious what Trump’s reaction will be when Macedonia(I forget what it’s new name will be) gets invited to join NATO this week. Hopefully he doesn’t say something stupid.