The alliance’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that NATO had heard President Trump’s call for non-US members to shoulder a greater financial burden “loud and clear” and that allies are “stepping up.”
Mr. Stoltenberg said member states had agreed to add $100 billion over the next two years.
President Trump made no secret of his disgust over the unfair arrangement. He has repeatedly stated that other members of NATO do not meet their spending commitments, and called them “delinquent’ during the summit in Brussels.
When the president questioned NATO’s value to the United States, he caused outrage among globalists. The New York Times claimed that ‘sources’ said the president was talking with advisors about withdrawing from the alliance altogether.
Speaking on Fox News, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Trump’s stance, saying “President Trump has been very clear. He is committed to NATO… but at the same time he has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more.”
“So we see some real money and real results, and we see that a clear message from President Trump is having an impact. NATO allies have heard the president loud and clear. NATO allies are stepping up,” the former Norwegian prime minister said.
“What he’s doing is to help us adapt the alliance, which we need,” he added. “This is a clear message to Russia and I think they see that.”
Member nations agreed in 2014—Under Obama—to spend two percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024. However, only four out of 29 member countries have already met the condition, and only half expected to reach it.
Later that day, the president tweeted, “Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, just stated that because of me NATO has been able to raise far more money than ever before from its members after many years of decline. It’s called burden sharing. Also, more united. Dems & Fake News like to portray the opposite!”
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, just stated that because of me NATO has been able to raise far more money than ever before from its members after many years of decline. It’s called burden sharing. Also, more united. Dems & Fake News like to portray the opposite!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2019