This week could be the set of a political drama as US President Donald Trump goes abroad…
On Tuesday, Trump heads to Europe for a whirlwind week of meetings, golf and more meetings.
And after a myriad of complaints directed toward his Western allies, the upcoming NATO meeting will be one to watch.
What’s Trump said this time?
The mainstream media slammed Trump for his comments. He previously called NATO ‘obsolete’ and CNN responded that, ‘missing from [his] perspective is NATO’s 70-year record of advancing democracy, trade, and security as the most successful alliance in history’.
But his recent rant is understandable…on Twitter he wrote:
‘The United States is spending far more on Nato than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable. While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more.’
He’s not wrong on this…
You see, Trump is mad that the US pays for 70% of NATO’s operations. Guidelines set spending goals for members at 2% of annual GDP — a figure that few in Europe manage. Only Estonia, Greece, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom contribute more than the agreed standard.
According to NATO figures, the US pays an astonishing US$686 billion of the total US$957 billion defence spending, just under 72%.
It’s important to mention that in direct funds the US only contributes 22% of the funds used by the organisation. But NATO’s main role is as a deterrent — and what bigger deterrent is there than adequate national defence spending?
For all the stink kicked up around Trump’s badgering, it’s working. Eight countries are expected to cross the 2% threshold in 2018, up from only three in 2014.
Unfortunately, Trump’s forward manner of address is leading to irate friends…
Trump and Putin — two world leaders actually cooperating
After a few days of painful meeting with the eurocrats, Trump will head over to Finland for a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on 16 July.
The meeting will likely do little to assuage European fears as Trump continues to rightfully push allies on spending, and further befriends Putin.
But what’s so wrong with that? Many in the west view Putin as a threat. But if Trump can build diplomatic bridges and reduce that threat, why try to stop him?
The Deep State and mainstream media wouldn’t like to see that. Cooperation in ending the conflict in Syria…a resumption in dismantling nuclear weapon supplies…the loss of Russia as an enemy to blame for all problems…
Europe should worry about improving its working relationship with the US, rather than American efforts at diplomacy with Russia.
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