US President Donald Trump has threatened to leaver NATO and conduct American security unilaterally — if allies do not immediately meet higher military spending targets.
Trump speaking at NATO now, live on @SkyNews
— Alistair Bunkall (@AliBunkallSKY) July 12, 2018
President Trump, speaking at a press conference after the NATO summit, said he would have been “very unhappy” if other NATO member didn’t increase their defense spending.
“I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn’t up their commitments very substantially. Because The United States has been paying a tremendous amount —probably 90% of the cost of NATO.”
Trump said allies have agreed to increase their spending.
The US President continued that if the wealthiest economies are not paying 2% by January “we are going to do our own thing” 2/3
— Deborah Haynes (@haynesdeborah) July 12, 2018
Immediately following these remarkable comments, a US official sought to calm worries and advised that President Trump isn’t expected to pull out of NATO — but he will again scold countries for not paying their fair share and levy more threats.
It’s understood that Trump also accused NATO ally Germany of being “a captive of Russia,” calling members of the alliance “delinquent” in their defence spending and insisting they increase it “immediately.”
Trump says he would have been “very unhappy” if NATO allies didn’t increase their spending pic.twitter.com/sxw8i0Y8LH
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) July 12, 2018