“By some accounts, the U.S. is paying for 90% of NATO with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment,” Trump claimed Monday in a Twitter posting.
In an earlier Twitter posting, the president singled out Germany for contributing just 1 percent, which he said is one-fourth of what the U.S. is spending. “This is not fair, nor is it acceptable,” he said.
Trump also took aim at what he indicated were trade inequities with the EU on Monday in an indication he will attempt to link the U.S. commitment to European security with trade. “On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the U.S., with big Trade Barriers on U.S. goods. NO!”