For the longest time, the USA has, by far, overpaid her share into the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in an effort to maintain peace around the world. Former President Barack Obama never in a million years would have stepped up to the plate to change that.
But President Donald Trump is a different kind of man. He’s a leader — a business leader with vast experience in the art of negotiation and persuasion. Those qualities are a big part of why he’s now sitting in the Oval Office.
The victory he just scored with NATO is just another reason why we’re so darn proud of him!
Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that NATO will increase spending to move toward the organization’s requirement that member nations pay 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to support security and military operations.
The increase, according to Reuters, is “partly aimed at showing the United States they are committed to shouldering more costs.”
During his trip abroad in spring, President Donald Trump pushed members of the NATO alliance to start paying their fair share of the cost to keep the alliance solvent and effective.
“NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations,” Trump said, pointing out that 22 of 28 members were still not paying enough money for their national defense.
“This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States,” Trump said.
“This year’s 4.3 percent increase represents the fastest growth since more than a decade of cuts ended in 2014, Reuters reported. “Spending growth was 1.8 percent in 2015 and 3.3 percent last year, although it was unclear how near that takes members to the target.”
Stoltenberg said the increase in spending is NATO showing the U.S. it has reliable allies in the fight against common enemies.
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