In a speech to NATO today, President Donald Trump told members, “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations.” This echoes one of his campaign promises – to stop paying for the defense of other countries without any partnership or reimbursement. Trump told those listening,
“This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years — and not paying in those past years.”
Currently, the United States contributes 22.1% of NATO’s budget, far and above what any other member nation pays. The U.S. is followed by Germany (14.6%), France (10.6%), and Britain (9.8%).
In 2006, an amendment was made to the official NATO agreement, requiring all members to contribute 2% of their GDP to NATO. Only 5 nations today meet the 2% requirement. 13 others fall below even 1%.
In addition to making financial demands on nations that are not “paying their fair share”, Trump ending his speech by addressing the recent terror attack in Manchester, England. After receiving modest applause from those in attendance, Trump said to British Prime Minister Theresa May and said,
“May all the nations here grieve with you and stand with you.”