On Thursday, United States President Donald Trump spoke to NATO in Brussels. He delivered a stern message that was on behalf of all Americans.
He put pressure on NATO members to pay up. He insists that they should have to pay their fair share. President Trump went on to say that if they do not do so, it is unfair to Americans and their loyal taxpayers. President Trump was quoted as saying that this is “unfair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.”
President trump also mentioned that the United States has spent more money on defense in the past eight years than all the other NATO members combined. Why should American have to bear that burden?
The United States has contributed more than 22% of the budget for NATO in 2016, according to data from the White House.
Out of all 28 countries that are currently a part of NATO, only 5 met the minimum contribution level for 2016. Those countries are the United States, Greece, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Poland.
If all the countries involved met the minimum, NATO would have an extra $119 billion as a reserve which could have been used to finance additional NATO actions.
The Trump administration has floated the idea of asking NATO members who haven’t met the contribution threshold over recent years to pay back payments. President Donald Trump spoke at the NATO headquarters in Brussels Thursday, delivering a stern message and putting pressure once again on NATO members to pay their fair share, which he said should be more than the current 2 percent-of-GDP threshold. “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations … even 2 percent of GDP is insufficient to close the gaps [caused by chronic underpayments over the years],” the president said before all 27 other foreign ministers. President Trump also noted the U.S. has spent more on defense over the past eight years than all other NATO members combined. The United States contributed more than 22 percent of the organization’s budget in 2016, according to White House data, which constituted 3.6 percent of U.S. GDP at $664 billion, far outpacing all other members. Out of all 28 countries that belonged to NATO at the start of this year, only five met the minimum contribution level in 2016—the U.S., Greece, the U.K., Estonia and Poland.