In Brussels today, President Trump and other NATO leaders came to town for a summit. President Trump dominated the meeting.
President Trump, from the time he was a candidate and all the way up to today, has been a hawk on NATO. President Trump specifically goes after the defense spending of other countries. President Trump has time and time again poked at the NATO nations on their defense spending.
Check this graph out detailing the defense spending of each country in NATO, per ZeroHedge:
How is that only five, yes five, out of the 28 meet the requirement of 2%? Out of all countries involved, how is Greece second to the US? The UK falls in third, Estonia is fourth, and Poland is fifth.
Estonia and Poland have great reason to meet the requirement since they'd be the most threatened by Russia. So what about the other nations? That's what President Trump set out to answer today.
President Trump really went after Germany, because Germany pays very little in defense, but make billion dollar deals with Russia.
Here's a video from NBC News showing President Trump's argument against Germany's defense spending and Russian dealings:
President Trump does have a point. Germany is barely spending any money on NATO, while making billion dollar deals with the country NATO was set up to defend against.
Per Yahoo!, President Trump asked all NATO leaders to increase their defense spending to 4% to match the US's defense spending.
It really isn't fair that the United States is spending the most, more than twice as much to protect Europe from Russia. The same countries who claim they're against Russia, or think President Trump has Russian ties, make deals with Russia and barely spend any money to defend against Russia. It's a joke.
President Trump knows it's not in the US's best interest to cut defense spending, but he knows it's not in the US's best interest to keep footing the majority of NATO's bill. America First.
Europe thinks they can play President Trump, but with the on-going trade disputes, and spending the most by far in NATO, Trump has all the leverage. The EU should play ball. Why should the US protect an entire continent from one nation, if that entire continent isn't going to contribute their fair share?
The NATO leaders talked a big game before the meeting, but President Trump clearly won the day.