President Donald Trump has frequently stunned the world with his rhetoric talk. However, on Thursday it was what he didn’t state that made all the fuss. Trump criticized the leaders of NATO partners while he was visiting Europe this week. He said that a huge number of them owe a lot of money to the collusion. According to him, the U.S. didn’t spend money on defense, so the NATO countries owe money to the U.S. under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Although Trump has a point, he misrepresents the way it works.
President Donald Trump early Saturday tweeted that NATO countries have “agreed to step up payments” and “money is beginning to pour in” following his contentious meeting with leaders of the western alliance during his ongoing foreign trip.
“Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should. Money is beginning to pour in- NATO will be much stronger,” he tweeted.
Trump on Thursday berated U.S. allies for not spending enough on defense, suggesting they owe “massive amounts” in back payments to the U.S. under the umbrella of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
“Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined,” he declared as the leaders of other NATO member countries looked on uncomfortably.
However, the commitments are for NATO allies to spend more on defense overall, mainly on their own militaries – so the increases would not necessarily be seen at headquarters but in the military budgets of individual countries.
Trump in his Brussels address also declined to confirm the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the treaty, which guarantees the U.S. would back a treaty partner in the event of a conflict with a foreign power.
Early Saturday, the president also tweeted: “Big G7 meetings today. Lots of very important matters under discussion. First on the list, of course, is terrorism. #G7Taormina.”
The U.S. will be the lone holdout on endorsing the Paris accord on climate change when leaders of the G7 will issue their 2017 declaration later Saturday, officials said.
Trump had said he would give European leaders a chance to make their case for the climate change accord, but will make a final decision until returning to Washington on whether his administration will remain committed to the 2015 agreement.
Later Saturday Trump tweeted about trade talks, writing: “”we push for the removal of all trade-distorting practices….to foster a truly level playing field.”
Trump’s latest stop was the G7 summit in Sicily. He had a meeting with world leaders mainly for the Paris climate change agreement. However, he still hasn’t decided whether the United States will remain to this agreement. He tweeted he will announce his answer next week.