All Presidents have tried to get NATO to pay their fair share, none have made it happen. All Presidents have tried the same approach: Don’t say a word in public and grovel behind the scenes to other NATO leaders.
Enter President Trump. Who did the exact opposite of what Bush, Obama, et al did and not surprisingly, he got it done.
There is something with the establishment approach that does not work…yet they still bash Trump when his novel approach keeps working?
Pure jealousy and the establishment and their media mouthpieces have much to be jealous of.
President Donald Trump appeared to declare victory on Thursday in his battle with America’s closest allies to get them to contribute more money to the NATO alliance. Mr. Trump acknowledged that he had taken a tough stance with his European counterparts, demanding they contribute more of their national budgets to defense and saying after Thursday’s meetings, “they upped their commitments and I am very happy.”
He said the NATO member states had committed to quickly increase their national spending on defense to the benchmark of 2 percent of national GDP, as agreed in 2014, pending, in some cases, approvals from their respective legislatures, but he also suggested longer term commitments to raise that bar further.
“We really accomplished a lot with respect to NATO. For years, Presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the tremendous expense for the U.S. And tremendous progress has been made – everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before,” Mr. Trump said.
“Everybody in that room got along, and they agreed to pay more, and they agreed to pay it more quickly,” the president said, adding that when he came to Brussels at the beginning of the week, the “Untied States was not being treated fairly, but now we are.”
President Trump on Thursday said the U.S. remains committed to the NATO alliance after a summit in which he said allies bowed to his demands to increase defense spending.
“The United States’ commitment to NATO is very strong, remains very strong,” Trump said during a news conference before leaving the summit site in Brussels.
“Yesterday, I let them know that I was extremely unhappy,” Trump said. “Now I’m very happy. We have a very strong NATO, much stronger than two days ago.”
“Tremendous progress has been made. Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before.”