President Trump met with NATO leaders in Brussels Thursday and accused certain member countries of owing “massive amounts of money” to the U.S. and NATO.
President Donald Trump: “Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.”
Under NATO rules, state contributions are considered voluntary. Meanwhile, Trump made headlines in Brussels when he was videotaped apparently shoving the prime minister of Montenegro in order to get to the front of the group of world leaders.
It is interesting that Trump has been mentioning since his campaign days that “NATO members are not paying their fair share”. Will he cause any havoc on the institution as a whole? Could this mean the U.S could possibly disengage?