Monday, November 14, 2016

US: Trump and NATO

(US) The political elites have made a huge song and dance about how Trump is going to let Russia rape Europe by pulling out of NATO. But that isn't what he said. He, like many other US presidents, isn't happy how so many countries hang onto the shirt tails of the US when it comes to defence. Every country in NATO is supposed to spend 2% of its GDP on defence. But for years, many countries haven't done so and instead rely on US taxpayers to defend them (usually while bitching about the US). Here is chart of how much countries belonging to NATO in Europe spend on defence. It appears that Donald is simply asking for people to pay their fair share: