The Trump Effect strikes again
Our President’s greatest quality is in the master strategy that he has going on behind the scenes. During the campaign Trump targeted immigration and the need for our allies to start pulling their own weight. Since he has taken office, our illegal immigration has plummeted and our allies are starting to finally step up and pay their way. All of this just because Trump made some well executed precision statements.
In a recent announcement, Nato is estimating an increase of 4.3% of defense spending from Canada and European allies. Trump merely had to call them out bluntly and now they are following suit! MAGA! Scroll down for more details.
NATO estimates Canada and European allies will increase defense spending by 4.3 percent in 2017, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Wednesday.
The alliance has seen a cumulative increase of $46 billion since 2014, when the 2 percent of gross domestic product target was agreed upon.
“To keep our nations safe, we need to keep working to increase defense spending and fairer burden-sharing across our alliance,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference ahead of a meeting between defense ministers in Brussels. “After years of decline, in 2015 we saw a real increase in defense spending across European allies and Canada … this year, we foresee an even greater real increase of 4.3 percent.”
Out of NATO’s 28 members, 25 are expected to increase defense spending in 2017. The investments come after harsh criticism from President Donald Trump, who called NATO “obsolete” during his presidential campaign.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned allies of a more “moderate” U.S. commitment to NATO if countries don’t up their defense spending.
“America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense,” Mattis said at a meeting with defense ministers in February.
Just a handful of NATO members currently spend more than 2 percent of GDP on defense. The United Kingdom, Greece, Poland and Estonia are the only countries besides the U.S. to meet the target, according to NATO’s 2016 figures.
Trump is showing that the United States is back and we expect the rest of our allies to pay their dues!