Article by Bryan Howard
July 11, 2018
President Trump has been vocal of his displeasures with NATO not paying their share in defenses around the world. Currently the United States has been floating the bill for majority of the world to be secure. However, Wednesday NATO declared they will increase their spending for defense and pay their share.
The U.S. and European allies signed a declaration stating they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.”
NATO made this statement after a showdown meeting with President Trump. Obviously, NATO took the Presidents threats seriously.
President Trump was making demands these countries need to be giving 4 percent of their GDP for defenses and not 2 percent. This means President Trump increased double the amount of spending from NATO instead of them completely riding our coattails.