I have to tell you again, that it is so refreshing to have a president go over to the EU and call them out for their hypocrisy.
Case in point: The US pays on average 67% of NATO’s defense spending and where is a majority of that spending still directed too? Defending the EU against Russian aggression.
In 2017, NATO countries contributed $917 billion for defense, the US portion of that bill was $618 billion. Only three EU members contributed the recommended level of 2% of GDP to the alliance. Greece, UK and Estonia along with the US, which chipped in the most with almost 3.6% of our GDP.
Germany’s Angela Merkel was in President Trump’s sights over their energy spending with Russia.
“Germany, as far as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Trump said. Turning to Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, he said: “Explain that.”
“We’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.”
If Germany wants to do an energy deal with Russia, then that’s probably a bigger deterrent to hostilities then lining up tanks on the Crimea border. But don’t thumb your nose at US energy companies and then expect Americans to pay for your ease of mind.
Listen allies are one thing and surely if any act of aggression took place on the continent the US would come to their defense. But NATO is a Cold War relic, designed to syphon money from the US to Europe in a 60-year extended Marshall Plan.
If the Europeans and Germans in particular, are so concerned for their safety, then why is Germany only spending 1.2% of its GDP on NATO defense. Because it’s a ruse, a relic and no longer needed in this day and age.
And it’s about time we have a president to hammer that home to Europe.