Donald Tusk (right), president of the European Council, has hit back at Donald Trump on the eve of a NATO summit in Brussels. “Dear America, appreciate your allies, you don’t have that many,” Tusk said after signing a statement on co-operation between the EU and NATO.
EuroNews Donald Trump has been told to stop berating European countries over how much they don’t have to spend on their militaries, while at the same time not even contributing the 2% of GDP that they are obligated to pay for NATO. The United States funds most of NATO, and these so-called “allies” can’t even cough up their tiny share.
The US President frequently complains that Washington pays too much into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military alliance between a host of European countries, the US and Canada.
FOX News When President Donald Trump spoke at the NATO headquarters in Brussels last year and asked NATO members to pay their fair share, the message didn’t appear to sit well with some of the leaders in attendance. Trump noted the U.S. has spent more on defense over the past eight years than all other NATO members combined, calling on them to spend more than the current two percent-of-GDP threshold on defense.
While Trump delivered his remarks, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, appeared to snicker to French President Emmanuel Macron while covering his mouth.
Other leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, also appeared to be containing laughter during Trump’s speech. These leaders who were “snickering” and “laughing” at Trump and “treating him like a pariah.”
“NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations,” the president said before all 27 other foreign ministers, noting that “23 of the 28 member nations” are failing to meet the two percent commitment.