Another promise fulfilled: Trump gets NATO countries commit to increase their defense spending

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald John Trump vowed that one of the things he would do as POTUS is to make fairer and better “deals” with supposed U.S. allies — in Asia (Japan, South Korea), and in Europe (referring to our allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO).

In the case of America’s NATO allies, they are supposed to pay at least 2% of their GDPs as their “fair share” in defense costs — except they don’t.

But the United States not only pays our “fair share,” we actually do more than our “fair share” by spending not the required 2%, but 3.6% of our GDP on defense. In dollar amount, U.S. defense spending in 2017 was $685.957 million — more than double the defense spending of all other NATO members  combined, as shown in the table below (source: Forbes).

At the just-concluded NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, unlike his predecessors, President Trump confronted the other NATO leaders for treating the U.S. unfairly by their anemic defense spending.

During a meeting early Wednesday morning, July 11, President Trump publicly embarrassed NATO Secretary-General Jens “666” Stoltenberg. (See “Another candidate for the Beast“)

Photo of then-Norway’ Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg in a “666” t-shirt. Date unknown

President Trump said to Stoltenberg:

“So, we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So, we are supposed to protect you against Russia. You tell me if that is appropriate. This has been going on for decades. This has been brought up by other presidents, but other presidents never did anything about it. It’s very unfair to our country, it’s very unfair to our taxpayers. And I think that these countries have to step it up not over a 10 year period— they have to step it up immediately.”

Reuters reports that in an emergency session the next day, July 12, Trump gave an angry ultimatum that the United States could withdraw its support of NATO and “would have to look to go its own way”, according to one diplomatic source present in the room. Reportedly, he also told the NATO members that “a commitment of 4 percent would be required to achieve parity with U.S. defense expenditures.”

Stoltenberg and the other NATO member states blinked.

Fox News reports that “after confrontational and testy discussions between Trump and other NATO leaders,” the U.S. and European allies signed a declaration stating they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.”

In an impromptu press conference after an emergency session on July 12, President Trump said that the leaders of several other NATO member states had agreed to more quickly meet their commitment to raise their defense spending to 2% of GDP. NATO allies in 2014 had vowed to meet the 2% spending target by the end of 2024. Trump said an additional $33 billion would be spent on defense by NATO allies in “a relatively short number of years.” (Radio Free Europe)

For their parts (Radio Free Europe):

  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that “all allies have heard President Trump’s message loud and clear,” but later clarified to CNN that NATO countries had committed to defense spending at 2% of GDP, but would not confirm a claim made by Trump that the target was actually 4%. Stoltenberg said: “We understand that this American president is very serious about defense spending, and this is having a clear impact.”
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was a “clear commitment to NATO” by all who attended: “The American president demanded what has been discussed for months, that there is a change in the burden sharing. I made clear that we are on this path. And that this is in our own interests and that it will make us stronger.”
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country remains committed to increasing military spending as it pledged in 2014.

Other NATO leaders snipped and denied that they had agreed to increase their defense spending:

  • French President Macron insisted that the NATO members only agreed to the spending levels they’d previously agreed to in 2014.
  • An unnamed “senior European official” derisively called President Trump a crazy “old uncle”: “It was more a rant ‘2% immediately’ than a formal demand…there was no clear threat of withdrawal…. Usual Trump: a stream of incoherent sentences…. The allies looked the other way as when the old uncle gets nuts.”

Ever ready with his snipes, fake-Republican and fake-patriot Sen. John McCain blasted President Trump for his “disappointing” behavior, “misstatements and bluster” at the NATO summit, and dismissed what Trump said as “the words of one man”. (New York Post)

Between McCain and Trump, I certainly know which man is actually looking after America’s interests — and his name sure isn’t John McCain.

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~Eowyn

36 responses to “Another promise fulfilled: Trump gets NATO countries commit to increase their defense spending

  1. Trump has done more than the last 5 potus and it’s about time the rest of the world paid their share. We save them from the evil of tyranny and how do they repay us — complain and say we are arrogant spoiled people. Funny how they forget till they need help again. Its kinda like having that friend who just loves you to death when they need something and butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths till they get what they want. Then its cya when i need ya again and that is what it’s been like since WW2 and it’s the whole world. Jealous is the only thing that comes to mind — they want what we got but will not do what it takes to have it so they complain because we have it. GO FIGURE.
    Great article Doc, wish it was on all the news medias but we know how that goes, don’t we!

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    • Maryaha . . . I love it! It really is gross that for decades, and decades all these other countries have thought it their due to allow the USA to bare the lion’s share of the burden for everything. It is high time that this nonsense came to an end.

      Take note of Merkel’s comments, that the NATO countries were already in discussion of upping their contributions. All I can say to that is . . . “in a pig’s eye!” Even the fact that they feel that they can have until 2024 to up their contributions. They need to start ponying up NOW! They get the benefits now, so their contributions need to be larger now.

      It is rather funny to see the weak wristed dink from Canada, spouting off. He reminds me of a “TV soap opera star.” I would imagine that there are a great number of Canadians who feel embarrassed by their leaders antics. I know I would be.

      Ya just have to feel a certain degree of pride that the new sheriff in town just don’t take no guff from nobody! I have little doubt that all the leaders of the other NATO countries are take aback by having a leader from the US actually hold their feet to the fire. God Bless our President!

      It is interesting that “Sweden” does not seem to be along the list of NATO allies.

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    • LMAO!!! That’s PERFECT!!

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  2. “Big Daddy America” has let those spoiled European Children suckle away our “Milk” for way too many Decades.. They still think we owe them “The WW-2 Marshal Plan.” = I’m a Farmer, and can tell you how long & loud a suckling calf will bellow when Momma Cow finally kicks them off the milk teat..

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    • EddieBG . . . What a fabulous comment! I have little doubt that the “spoiled European Children” somehow think that they are still suffering from the aftermath of WWII. As long as they can hoodwink the USA, they are going to do so. Thank Heavens our POTUS doesn’t cut they any slack.

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  3. POTUS, One more reason he IS the “chosen” one by his PEOPLE.

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  4. I forgot my “follow-up” line to conclude the statement above.. “There will be “Udder Chaos” when the suckling Europeans no longer get the Free Milk..!!

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  5. Reblogged this on Roberts Thoughts 2 and commented:

    President Trump said to Stoltenberg:

    “So, we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So, we are supposed to protect you against Russia. You tell me if that is appropriate. This has been going on for decades. This has been brought up by other presidents, but other presidents never did anything about it. It’s very unfair to our country, it’s very unfair to our taxpayers. And I think that these countries have to step it up not over a 10 year period— they have to step it up immediately.”

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  6. Good…about time other countries cough up their fair share.

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  7. Watched some of the Chequers talks with PM May and Pres. Trump this morning… disgusted that they let in NBC’s progressive twit, Kristin Welker, to ask questions.

    She immediately laid into Trump by asking PM May if she’d heard what the British press had reported Trump had said about May. Just to stir the pot, not that it had anything to do with the talks at hand. Trump basically dismissed her and called her & NBC out as FAKE NEWS second only to CNN.

    Welker then tried AGAIN by asking if PM May had heard what Trump had said to his son about May’s handling of the Brexit strategy, and she again got slapped down (verbally). May sided with Trump and said not to concern himself; it was “only the press”. HAH!

    Then the “reporter” there from CNN tried to ask a question, but Trump refused to even acknowledge him, saying loudly that CNN is FAKE NEWS.

    I LOVED it.

    Sadly, London was itself over run by psychotic Trump haters — thousands of them — many, I’d guess, who’d flown in from the U.S. — just to make Trump look bad, not thinking about the fact they’d make the U.S. and themselves look bad as well, right there on the world stage. Tossers.

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    • Haha re POTUS vs. Reporters in the UK. One prior “insult” was Trump calling May a “bossy schoolteacher.” I’m not sure if that’s what they were getting at.

      Bummer re the stupid protesters. Was it really thousands? I heard it was only hundreds, & not the turnout they expected. Either way, POTUS was reported to have said he was disappointed about the protests.

      POTUS also said before their meeting that because May did not follow his advice but opted for a “soft Brexit” instead, that that would mean any trade deal would end up being between the USA & the European Union (vs. between the USA & the UK solely) & that he would have none of that whatsoever! (Yes! Trump vs. almost an Entire Liberal Continent!) 🙂

      Excerpt from The Sun in this post has a list of 10 things Trump said:

      =====
      One other good “world news” buzz: A top minister of the Hungarian govt. basically told the UN to go jump by rejecting its “UN Hungarian Migrant Package.” His quote was one beautiful paragraph but all I remember is his punchline: “We INTEND to keep Hungary HUNGARIAN!” 😀

      I love these guys who are AWAKE! They are walking back over 100 years of the “Luciferians” reshaping borders & countries & govts. via wars & revolutions (& now migrant invasions) to pave the way for their One World “Kingdom.”

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  8. I’m glad our “John Wayne” POTUS is verbally kicking the rears of the horses-arses-leaders of the EU countries. They all need a good spine-straightening. Now open your purse-strings, you cheapskates!

    (And ugh re McCain. I thought he was too “out of it” by now to cause any more trouble, but apparently not.)

    On the flip side of Trump vs. the cheap NATO holdouts: A senate committee along with AIPAC’s usual prodding, just agreed (again) to GIVE Israel $38 BILLION. Why not insist Israel PAY US for a change for kissing their butt re just about everything?
    –Rand Paul had added an amendment to the (rip off) agreement which said “aid” to Israel would be PHASED OUT, but the other chumps on the committee rejected that addition, so we can expect that hole in Uncle Sam’s money bag to keep spilling coins in Israel’s direction for years to come.

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    • It’s really hilarious. They all look like they’ve been gobsmacked. They’re talking Rothschild/Soros and Trump isn’t. They sound like motorboats, “but, but, but”.

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    • “I’m glad our “John Wayne” POTUS is verbally kicking the rears of the horses-arses-leaders of the EU countries. ”
      I agree with you-He does what needs to be done,says what they need to hear and isn’t going to sugar-coat the facts. He seems to carry the attitude that,if a Leader can’t cope with a smart-ass comment or something insulting,they’re too soft to be running a Country.

      “(And ugh re McCain. I thought he was too “out of it” by now to cause any more trouble, but apparently not.)”
      I’m not 100% convinced it’s HIM that’s causing problems-It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s being heavily “programmed” as to what he must do or say next,much like Hillary at many of her appearances where she acted like she didn’t know where she was,or why.

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  9. Nice to have a real Ammurrican in the White House that actually has balls.

    Haven’t seen that since the Reagan years.

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  10. This is awesome! And I will add a bit more: Ok, moving on to money, I have taken the liberty to crunch the trade numbers between us & them for the last 15 years( numbers are rounded for ease of use) From 2003 to 2018, we ran a $50.622 billion deficit. Of note is that the numbers show only 4/15 years were in our favor, with three of those occurring in 2018/17/16… here is the actual data if you’re interested https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c4120.html Yep, which is exactly why I sent the trump text this morning. GB, and the rest of Western Europe, have been raping us financially since the end of WWII. Not to mention the fact that we fought that war for them, and killed millions for THEIR freedom( different topic for a different day, but worth mentioning). And trump is FINALLY turning the tables on them, and everyone is pouting about it. The United States simply does not need anything from these countries that we support. And in all honesty, can function independently from the rest of the world. The US is basically now the number one oil producer in the world, among other things. In any event, these countries do nothing but take, take, take from us, and I am beyond sick of it. As far as the muzzles are concerned, when that shit spirals completely out of control in the EU, who do you think they’re gonna call to “come save them,” again..?? It is beyond refreshing to see the United States flex it’s muscle on the world stage again. We have been taken advantage of for 25+ years, and laughed at too!! Of course the snowflakes will pout and whine, but so be it. They pout and whine anyways!!!!

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  11. Not to sound smug,but Was there ANY doubt he’d get something done?

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    • Yeah, but the “media” are HOWLING. I couldn’t sleep last night for the gnashing of teeth. It sounded like castanets over at MSNBC. Reggie Madcow had to add a couple of new lines to her mantra of “Trump, Trump. Trump, Russia, Russia………THE QUEEN!”

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  12. Until the rest start paying their fair share of their GDP’s, the US should reduce its yearly percentage to 1% since we’ve been overpaying for decades.

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  13. Those countries should all feel shamed when little ole poor Greece out shines them all.
    I suspect the posturing is because it has now been exposed to all.
    Carry on Mr. President, carry on.

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