Trump's Pushy Approach Toward NATO Shows Member Countries Who Is Boss
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 13:04
The president took to Twitter on Saturday writing; "Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should".
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who attended meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member leaders on Thursday when Trump spoke, said he was confident having heard the US leader speak that the United States would fulfil its obligations and wanted Europeans to do the same.
US President Donald Trump yesterday met his European counterparts during his first visit to Europe since he took office.
This means that the United States is paying more than its fair share of costs for the alliance.
Unveiling a memorial to the 9/11 attacks at NATO's new headquarters on Thursday, Trump also urged the alliance to get tougher on tackling terrorism and immigration in the wake of the Manchester attack. "We have to make up for the many years lost". "I am happy that the attitude is tough and that the alliance speaks with one voice when it comes to Russian Federation and Ukraine", Duda said.
President Trump speaking next to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the opening of the new NATO headquarters.
At the same time, possibly with an eye toward a future membership application, they pointed out that Ukraine spends 5 percent of it GDP on its army - "an investment not only in our defense, but in that of our transatlantic partners as a whole", the statement said.
"Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defence", the President said as fellow leaders looked on grim faced. The other members have committed to the goal by 2024.
The deployment of USA troops to Poland and the Baltics have been central to an expansion of NATO's presence in eastern Europe to levels unprecedented since the Cold War.