President Trump Calls Out Foreign Leaders Not Paying "Fair Share" Towards NATO

politics
May 25, 2017

President Trump addressed the elephant in the room when he gave a speech at the NATO headquarters surrounded by other world leaders.

"Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," said the President.
"Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States," he continued.
While some of the members of NATO have paid their required 2% of their GDP for their country, others have not. Still, others even owe NATO dues from years prior as well. According to CNN, Trump first cast doubt on the provision during his presidential campaign, shocking members of the alliance when he suggested the US might only defend members of the alliance who "fulfill their obligations to us."
Under the NATO treaty, members of the alliance must commit 2% of their GDP to defense spending. Currently, only five of the alliance's 28 members currently meet that standard, including the United States.
"Two percent is the bare minimum for confronting today's very real and very vicious threats," Trump said. "If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism," said President Trump.
The President concluded his remarks by casually bringing up the cost of NATO's new headquarters building and saying "You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout. And in many cases, we have no idea who they are," Trump said. "We must be tough. We must be strong. And we must be vigilant."
What do you think about this? Was this an appropriate time for President Trump to bring up the subject? Do you thnk some world leaders will finally pay up now that he called them out on the world scale?
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