Trump criticizes NATO allies ahead of summit

President Trump renewed his criticism of NATO allies ahead of his Tuesday departure for a summit that starts Wednesday in Brussels, accusing them of failing to contribute enough to the alliance while Europe maintains a trade surplus with the U.S. “The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country,” Trump tweeted Monday. “This is not fair, nor is it acceptable… they must do much more.” On Tuesday, he elaborated:

Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018

NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018

Madeleine Albright and 15 other former foreign ministers from around the world sent Trump a letter saying he could “take some credit” for getting other NATO members to increase defense spending. They urged him to bolster America’s “deteriorating relationship” with its Western allies, and to avoid cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in Helsinki after the NATO gathering.

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Source:: The Week – Business


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