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After threatening to walk away from the alliance over spending issues, he claims the other members have agreed to his demand during an emergency meeting.
After hinting that the U.S. might withdraw from the alliance if NATO’s members won’t adhere to their commitment to spending requirements, President Donald Trump sent the heads of state from all 29 member countries scrambling into emergency session—after which he emerged claiming a new victory.
The president got the ball rolling on the final day of the NATO summit in Brussels by tweeting:
“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.”
On Wednesday the president made it clear he believes the real defense spending target for NATO members should be 4 percent of GDP, not 2 percent, a level of spending not even the U.S. has achieved since the Cold War. Minutes after his tweet was made public, the alliance’s heads of state gathered for an unscheduled meeting to discuss the alliance budget.
The president kept up the social media offensive, taking his case to the American people with another series of tweets:
“Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost. The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!
“On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!”
According to reports from the emergency meeting, the president informed his counterparts that if they did not meet the 2 percent of GDP defense spending target by January, the U.S. would walk away from NATO. It’s unclear exactly what else was said because the meeting occurred, for obvious reasons, behind closed doors.
Once the dust settled the president claimed another major victory. In a press conference before departing Brussels for his official visit to the United Kingdom, he said NATO’s members had agreed to “substantially” increase their defense spending.
Full article: President Trump Sends NATO Into Meltdown (TruNews)