U.S. President Donald Trump took a hard line at a NATO meeting, protesting that America continues to pay more for the defense of Europe than European countries do.
According to the President, 23 of the 28 member countries of NATO fall short on their defense spending commitment.
According to the NATO charter, member nations committed to paying 2% of GNP towards defense.
Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.
— President Donald Trump
The President made it clear that the U.S. is no longer willing to fund a disproportionate amount of NATO’s budget, according to reports from CNN.
The President made his remarks at NATO’s new $1 billion headquarters, which some see as a prime example of misdirected U.S. tax dollars being wasted.