World leaders are already reacting to Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements, and his “America First” attitude.
Trump was interviewed by the New York Times on Wednesday. The Republican nominee reiterated his stance that NATO allies have to fulfill their monetary obligations, and that the United States wasn’t going to pick up the tab any longer.
Trump was asked whether he would send military aid to the Balkan states in NATO if they were attacked by Russia. He responded, “If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes.”
NATO’s goal for member nations is that each spend 2% of their GDP on defense. Proving Trump’s assertion that NATO members are not fulfilling their obligations, the Wall Street Journal reported last November that only 5 of 28 member nations are meeting that goal. Those nations are the U.S., Great Britain, Greece, Estonia and Poland.
The three Balkan states many worry Russia could move aggressively against are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Only Estonia is meeting NATO’s 2% defense spending goal.
Upon hearing Trump’s remarks that he would decide whether to send military aid based on member nations meeting the goal, the president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, immediately took to Twitter to explain that his country had met NATO’s goal.
Michael McFaul is a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. He’s obviously not big Trump, or fiscal responsibility. He Tweeted this after hearing what Trump told the NY Times.
The Wall Street Journal reported that:
“The U.S. accounts for roughly 75% of the military spending by all NATO members. U.S. leaders for years have urged European countries to do more, saying they need to take more responsibility for their own defense.”
Trump is merely reiterating what other American leaders have been pushing for. He believes that with our $19 trillion debt, our allies need to pull their own weight so we can put our own fiscal house back in order.
Of course, Hillary Clinton and the left will have none of that. They’re fine with letting America fall further and further into debt, and placing the burden onto taxpayers.
Clinton’s senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan responded to Trump’s remarks with the statement, “Republicans, Democrats and independents who help build NATO into the most successful military alliance in history would all come to the same conclusion: Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our commander in chief.”
Of course, this is pure rubbish. What’s going to happen is, member states of NATO will adjust their spending to meet the 2% goal if Trump says that it is a requirement for America to come to their aid if attacked.
Europe nations, and NATO member states need to realize that America can’t be their personal piggy bank forever. NATO member nations need to look over their massive social welfare programs, and how much they’re spending on the millions of Muslim refugees they’ve let in, and decide where to cut so they can meet their defense responsibilities.
All Trump is saying to NATO members is, “Pay your fair share. American taxpayers shouldn’t have to pick up the slack for your inability to manage your fiscal house.”
My bet, if Trump is elected president, all NATO members will meet the 2% goal. That’s why Trump brought it up in the first place. He’s negotiating a deal, without even being at the table yet. Pretty smart of Trump. And good for America, too.