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Trumps NATO Parade Of Falsehoods/Misstatements

December 10, 2019


"NATO was established in the aftermath of World War II, originally with 12 members and the intention of binding together Western Europe in a defense alliance with the United States and Canada to counter the Soviet Union and its satellite countries in Eastern Europe (known as the Warsaw Pact). After the Soviet Union collapsed and the Warsaw Pact unraveled, NATO expanded to include many Eastern European nations and even former parts of the Soviet Union. There are now 29 member countries in NATO, with the newest member, Montenegro, added in 2017.


With the largest economy in NATO, the United States has generally paid the largest share, about 22 percent, but Trump recently demanded a reduction so that the United States will pay about the same share as Germany, or 16 percent. (This is what Trump is referring to when he says the United States will pay “less.”)


Here’s the chart that NATO published on Nov. 29. It shows that the defense expenditures for NATO countries, other than the United States, have been going up — in a consistent upward slopesince 2014. As we noted, that’s when NATO decided to boost spending in response to Russias seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region.


With Trump suggesting at times that he would consider withdrawing from the alliance, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg clearly understands that it is necessary to play to Trumps ego. At the NATO summit, he thanked Trump for his “leadership on defense spending.”


Stoltenberg, when he’s not speaking in front of Trump, says 2019 was the fifth consecutive year of growth for European NATO members and Canada. That again takes us back to 2014."


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