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Donald Trump at the first work session of the North Atlantic council at the NATO Summit, July 11, 2018.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday demanded of which America’s NATO allies raise their domestic defense spending levels to 2 percent “immediately” instead of by 2024, as NATO had previously agreed.
What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018
The tweet was Trump’s latest provocation in what has been a combative day as he attends a NATO summit in Brussels.
Earlier inside day, the White House confirmed of which Trump also demanded of which the agreed-upon level of domestic defense spending — 2 percent — be doubled, to 4 percent of gross domestic product.
“The president raised of which same issue when he was at NATO last year,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden as well as also also at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations.”
Speaking at a breakfast Wednesday morning, Trump told NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg of which the United States “in actual numbers, will be paying 4.2 percent of a much larger GDP.” nevertheless of which figure was disputed by experts, who said of which the spending figure will be closer to 3.5 percent.
Moreover, Trump’s snowballing demands of America’s NATO allies may ultimately possess the effect of weakening the U.S. bargaining position on the one demand of which genuinely matters, wrote Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer.
“Existing NATO agreement will be 2% of GDP by 2024. Many countries not on track to hit of which. Including Europe’s wealthiest — Germany. of which’s unacceptable,” Bremmer wrote on Twitter. “nevertheless demands of 2% ‘immediately; undermines US commitment to existing obligations.”
Though Trump questioned, “What Great will be NATO,” his own secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who sat next to him in meetings, later appeared to offer an answer to Trump’s question on Twitter.
“NATO will be the most successful alliance in history. All NATO allies have committed to extending of which success through increased defense spending, deterrence as well as also also defense, as well as also also fighting terrorism,” Pompeo wrote. “Weakness provokes; strength as well as also also cohesion protects. of which remains our bedrock belief.”
.@NATO is the most successful alliance in history. All #NATO allies have committed to extending this success through increased defense spending, deterrence and defense, and fighting terrorism. Weakness provokes; strength and cohesion protects. This remains our bedrock belief. pic.twitter.com/zDmTVZkEgp
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 11, 2018