President Donald Trump directly rebuked NATO member countries Thursday for not spending enough on defense as the foreign leaders gathered during a ceremony in Brussels, the Gateway Pundit reports.
While other leaders looked on from the sidelines, President Trump said in his speech, “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations.”
“This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years — and not paying in those past years,” he continued.
For all the awkwardness the speech appeared to create, White House press secretary Sean Spicer later reiterated that the Trump administration is “fully committed” to the mutual defense of America’s allies in NATO.
Spicer told reporters, “We’re not playing cutesy with this.” I’ve seen some of the questions I’ve gotten from you guys, but there’s 100 percent commitment to Article 5.”
Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty stipulates that an attack on one ally is an attack against all members.