NATO Secretary General Says Nations Contributing Much More After Trump Demanded Greater Investment

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President Donald Trump was effective in pushing members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to contribute more money toward their collective defense, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday.

“Now we see the results,” Stoltenberg said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” after mentioning how member agreed to invest more. “By the end of next year, NATO allies will add 100 billion extra U.S. dollars for defense.”

His comments came on the tail of mass criticism that the president was hurting U.S.-European relations by pressing nations on trade and NATO funding. While speaking at a NATO summit in July, Trump said member nations should double their contributions given the disproportionately higher amount that the U.S. paid.

“He has committed to NATO,” Stoltenberg said of Trump. “He has stated that clearly just a few days ago and also at the NATO summit in July. But at the same time, he has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more, and therefore at the summit in July last year, we agreed to do more.”

Watch Stoltenberg’s comments below:

Trump celebrated Stoltenberg’s comments on Twitter and claimed that “Fake News” and Democrats unfairly portrayed his diplomatic strategy.

Last year, Trump’s NATO criticism appeared to clash with congressional Republicans who passed a resolution defining the organization as “the most important and critical security link between the United States and Europe.”

When Trump addressed this issue and others earlier this month, he indicated that he didn’t care whether Europeans disliked him.

“When they say I’m not popular in Europe — I shouldn’t be popular in Europe,” he told the press. “If I was popular in Europe, I wouldn’t be doing my job because I want Europe to pay.”

He specifically called out Germany, which he complained was only paying 1 percent of its gross domestic product toward NATO.

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KhyberRifle
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It’ll take magic to twist the Sec Gen’s words without being outed but no doubt some would try. Of course this ‘news’ could be suppressed, but surprisingly all the bent left media dicks published these remarks. They had to. Stoltenberg left no opening for refutation. European anti-Trump noise is subsiding for what are obvious reasons: they’re wishing they’d too had a hard line on immigration – but too late now. Meanwhile the fattest cat on the fence, Germany, had no idea security was required

Screwtape
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It won’t be easy, but the MSM has now taken to outright lying. Remember the recent efforts of the ministers of propaganda against the Covington kids. I would put nothing beyond their efforts to spin their narrative.

“bent left media dicks”. Heh.

KhyberRifle
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Still shocked at the media bias and sanctimony, it’s right and (eagerly accepted) duty to direct opinion and set standards (whimsically depending on who offends) for morality, contrition and behavior; pass judgement on anyone who doesn’t unctuously buy into new age thought paradigms. You’d think one would become cynical or indifferent by now but as I survey the MSM killing fields and the after-party I’m moved to tears. Later I (try to) laugh it off counting on the laws of karma to sort it out

Madison Dibble
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It’s good to see our allies start to foot the bill for their security.

Screwtape
Member

It’s a contractual and mutual obligation. What’s more surprising is how long they were allowed to shirk AND no US leader said a thing.

KhyberRifle
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Right; each country, save a few, felt their obligations warranted ‘reinterpretation’. Though there are uniform accounting standards for international common understandings, the 2% of GDP guideline applicable to all is a shape shifting number. lol. Love Germany as a country and its people but the fact that its government hasn’t met and doesn’t meet it’s “fair share” is ironic in the extreme.

James
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Most likely due to NO previous US leader having the gonads to say anything.

Just like the border security (Trump’s Wall) discussion where the 2006 Border Security LAW became LAW and NO POTUS had the backbone to enforce border security by building a Wall which had been funded by some of the same Dems who now object to it because it’s Trump behind it.

Screwtape
Member

Khyber and James, If a nation will not stand (or spend) in its own defense, then the next question is why should we? I’m thinking that Putin’s aggressions have been a big wake-up call for them.

Screwtape
Member

James, I think it comes to loving the US and its citizens less than Europe. Those who cry over hurting our allies need to seriously look up the definition of “ally” before running their mouths. More importantly, if they feel so strongly about supporting Europe let them start a GoFundMe on its behalf. After they first pay their US taxes.

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