Has Donald Trump just won in a long-running battle against NATO? It seems that some of our allied nations are about to start paying their “fair share” to the NATO defense fund. EU nations and Canada are set to increase their NATO payments by 4.3%.
Is it just a coincidence that after Donald Trump threatened to pull the US out of NATO if other members did not pay their share, that countries start paying their share? For too many years, the US has been one of the few countries that fulfill their obligations; there is no good reason why the American taxpayer should be burdened with paying for another nation’s defense.
The US debt stands at %20 trillion! Why is money being spent on countries other than the US? It’s time to put America First. If anyone disagrees, you should ask them if they think other countries are planning on how they can help pay for America’s defense; or if other countries are sending aid to the US?
As reported in Young Conservatives:
Stoltenberg didn’t mention Trump, but did note that they felt they should increase their burden to be “fairer.”
“To keep our nations safe, we need to keep working to increase defense spending and fairer burden-sharing across our alliance,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference ahead of a meeting between defense ministers in Brussels. “After years of decline, in 2015 we saw a real increase in defense spending across European allies and Canada … this year, we foresee an even greater real increase of 4.3 percent.”
Out of the 28 members of NATO, 25 are now expected to increase their spending on the coalition. The U.S. has been issuing warnings on NATO since Trump took Washington by storm. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned allies of a more “moderate” U.S. commitment to NATO if countries don’t up their defense spending.
“America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense,” Mattis said at a meeting with defense ministers in February.