Pricey Alliance: How Trump is Nailing European NATO Members to the Wall

NATO members express deep concerns about the future of the alliance amid Washington’s row over the EU’s failure to meet the 2 percent of GDP NATO requirement and Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.

US President Donald Trump has stepped up criticism of European NATO members ahead of a summit gathering of NATO heads of state and government that will be held on July 11-12 in Brussels, Belgium.

​…Europe far more than it does the U.S. By some accounts, the U.S. is paying for 90% of NATO, with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment. On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the U.S., with big Trade Barriers on U.S. goods. NO!

​”I’m going to tell NATO — you got to start paying your bills,” Trump told a rally in Montana on July 5. “The United States is not going to take care of everything. We are the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing.”

Earlier, the US president singled out Germany, the EU’s flagship, for not honoring its NATO spending commitment.

“Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a much larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!” Trump tweeted on June 11.

In 2014, NATO member states agreed that they would spend 2 percent of GDP on the alliance’s needs. As of yet, only five…

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