Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump scolds North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members on defense spending ahead of summit

Trump scolds North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members on defense spending ahead of summit

Mr Trump's ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, was offering a slightly different spin - suggesting a positive summit in Brussels could help Mr Trump be tough with Mr Putin.

Similarly, earlier on Tuesday the president tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

The US president set the tone for his attendance at the two-day alliance summit starting on Wednesday in Brussels with a typically combative tweet reminding the Europeans that the US spent "many times more" on their defence than any other alliance member. Not fair to the USA taxpayer.

"Not fair to the USA taxpayer", he continued, before again pointing to the US trade deficit with the European Union.

Last month, the USA raised fears of a trade war by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada, Mexico and other U.S. allies.

Back in Washington, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, told reporters he was not anxious that Trump would withdraw the United States from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "We pay far too much and they far too little", he said, before adding: "But we will work it out and all countries will be happy".

Accusations that Russian Federation is trying to destabilise the West with cyber attacks and covert action have laid the ground for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's biggest expansion for decades, backed by a surge in US defence spending in Europe.

Naturally, sharing the burden of defense spending is high on the agenda.


"Disparaging long-standing allies at the same time as talking up the country that has wantonly seized territory and redrawn Europe's borders by military force for the first time since World War Two is disconcerting to say the least", said Boudreau. The German government says it has a plan to get to 1.5 percent by the middle of the next decade, but the plan's incredibly slow, incremental changes do not satisfy calls for serious change. The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them.

"The notion that America First Trump so obviously supports Brexit and one of its populist proponents is bound to give real pause for a lot of people, who are likely to conclude that if it's that great for the USA, then it will be at the expense of the U.K".

Germany has increasingly become a thorn in the side of American foreign policy and trade objectives in the 21st century. The two are due to meet in Helsinki on July 16 following Mr Trump's visit to the United Kingdom at the end of the week.

"Dear President Trump, America does not have, and will not have, a better ally than Europe".

Numerous same nations that failed to contribute more to the collective defense agreement have simultaneously grown their respective social welfare and migration programs.

With French and German officials urging member states to paper over their differences, EU President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to Trump yesterday, telling him "the USA doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU". The United States, with the biggest economy, pays the biggest share - 22.1 percent.

Furthermore, all member states contribute to NATO's overall budget based on their national income, with the USA providing about 22% of the budget.

Trump's claim about the trade deficit with the European Union being $151 billion is also hyperbolic, as it only takes into account goods, not services.

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