For one more time, US President Donal Trump has praised Greece for its NATO spending. This time, Trump added another six European countries.
“I want to thank the 7 NATO nations, in addition to US, who meet their 2% NATO defense spending. Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, UK., he said They are right up to snuff. They paid. They were on time. They were on time, they paid the number that they’re supposed to be paying. We have some that don’t — and, well, they’ll be dealt with.”
President Trump singled out Germany saying it “has not contributed what it should be contributing and it’s a very big beneficiary.”
“In particular Germany must demonstrate leadership in the alliance by addressing its longstanding shortfall in defense contributions,” Trump said.
Despite often disagreeing with Trump in other areas, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agrees that Germany should contribute more and wants her country to boost military spending to meet the NATO target of 2 percent. She told senior military officers on Monday more spending is needed in light of changing security requirements in the world.
Trump made these statements during a meeting with NATO General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, in Washington.
“Your leadership on defense spending has really helped to make a difference” Stoltenberg said adding “It is impacting allies because now all allies are increasing defense spending. No allies are cutting their budgets.”
PS It is not the first time the US administration has praised debt-ridden Greece for paying its share to NATO. President Obama did it and so did Trump and Secretary of State Mattis. And? what do Greeks get in return?