No president in modern history has stood up against unfair world leaders more harshly than Donald Trump has.
He knows that we are being ripped off around the world and he’s tired of it.
And he just made that more clear than ever with a single message that left every world leader’s jaw sitting on the floor.
Being forced to meet with President Donald Trump should be bad enough for most world leaders. He is such a master deal maker that they know he has his sights set on dismantling the weak deals negotiated by past presidents.
One deal that President Trump specifically wants to rework is the NATO alliance. NATO is a mutual defense alliance between 29 North American and European countries.
At its core, it is an agreement that if one of the 29 countries in the alliance gets attacked, all of the countries in the alliance side with them.
So on paper it sounds like a good thing. But as soon as you begin looking into how NATO is funded, it is quickly realized that it is an excuse for other countries to have the United States subsidize their defense spending.
22 percent of NATO funds come directly from the United States, with the country closest to matching that number being Germany, who provides 14 percent of NATO’s funding.
And while this is bad enough, U.S. Armed Forces also help protect NATO countries with direct boots on the ground, defending their countries, something that no other country in turn does for the U.S.
That’s why President Trump is fed up and fighting back. He announced through Twitter that at the upcoming NATO conference he is attending he will make clear that U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for their defense isn’t fair.
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
Trump also points out the fact that U.S. taxpayers are also ripped off through unfair tariffs with the European Union.
This isn’t the first step President Trump has taken to make his frustrations with NATO nations known.
Trump sent letters to the leaders of Canada, Norway, Germany, and Belgium just last week to make it clear that they are going to begin paying their fair share for defense.
That letter likely came in response to the intense disrespect he has received from those countries. Canada in particular has chosen to lash out at Trump.
Despite the fact that the United States has for many years helped Canada in a disproportionately beneficial relationship, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose to go after Trump and the United States.
Trudeau announced a plan to impose $12.6 billion in tariffs on the U.S. in response to Trump’s fair trade policy with the world.
That deal is very likely not going to go the way Trudeau wants it to. Donald Trump wrote the book on deals, and knows exactly how to craft a deal that is beneficial to him and the United States.
Trump seems like he is going to use those exact deal-making skills with NATO leaders.
Do you think that President Trump is going to be able to make other NATO countries pay their fair share for defense?
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