On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Brussels, Belgium for his first NATO meeting since a presidential campaign in which his boss, Donald Trump, often questioned the group’s relevance in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse.
Tillerson made it clear that our country’s commitment to an alliance that “remains the bedrock of transatlantic security” is strong, but he also echoed President Trump’s belief that NATO members need to pay their fair share instead of happily letting the United States foot the bill.
Which reminded me of this:
The secretary would like to see NATO members come up with a plan to meet an agreement, reached in 2014, that would see each country spend 2 percent of the size of their nation’s economy on defense, and he gave them two months to do so.
Currently, according to Fox News, only five countries are essentially paying their fair share. Those nations are the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, Greece, and Estonia. There are 28 members in NATO, meaning the vast majority are essentially freeloading (or possibly suffering from a severe case of alligator arms).
Naturally, not every NATO member is thrilled about the prospect. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel whined, “Two percent would mean military expenses of some 70 billion euros. I don’t know any German politician who would claim that is reachable nor desirable.”
Is that so, Mr. Gabriel? Ironically, more and more American politicians, including the current president, don’t think it’s “reachable or desirable” to keep footing Germany’s defense bill while they give the money away to refugees and welfare dependents.
In addition to the Russian issue, dignitaries also discussed strategies for counter-terrorism and fighting ISIS as well as the future of Syria.
Watch Fox News’ coverage below:
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