Trump urges NATO members to fight terror, and “contribute their fair share”
NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations” … It “is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States”
President Donald J. Trump addressed NATO members at the opening ceremony of the alliance’s new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
He begun with remarks on the recent attack in Manchester, saying that it “demonstrates the depth of the evil we face with terrorism.”
“It was a barbaric and vicious attack upon our civilization”, he said. “All people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing and removing these killers and extremists.”
“Wherever they exist in our society, we must drive them out and never ever let them back in”, taking the same hard line tack he expressed to the leaders of Muslim nations during his address in Saudi Arabia.
The President was less than subtle, seeming to lay a portion of the responsibility for the terror wave across Europe on the assembled heads of state who have allowed millions of refugees to flood into their counties from Middle East regions of conflict.
“You have thousands and thousand of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases we have no idea who they are. We must be tough, we must be strong, and we must be vigilante.”
“The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration.”
Alliance leaders looked even less pleased when Trump told them that “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations”, stating that “23 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”, Trump proclaimed. “Over the last eight years the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.”
Trump made note of fragments from the Berlin Wall and the World Trade Center standing in the courtyard of NATO’s new headquarters. “It is truly fitting that these two artifacts now reside here so close together at the new NATO headquarters”, he said.
But in typical Trumpian fashion, the President added, “I never asked once what the new NATO headquarters cost. I refuse to do that.” A tongue-in-cheek jab at the prioritization of NATO spending. Even alliance members couldn’t help but smile at Trump’s playful poke.
Watch the President’s full address to alliance members: