President Trump asserted Tuesday night that his efforts are already paying off in compelling NATO members to pay their fair share for the security alliance.
“We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism,” Mr. Trump told lawmakers. “But our partners must meet their financial obligations. And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.”
He said the money “is pouring in” from other NATO countries.
During the campaign last year, Mr. Trump questioned the U.S. commitment to NATO, saying only the U.S. and four other countries in the 28-nation alliance are paying the requested 2 percent of gross domestic product for defense.
“We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific –- to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost,” Mr. Trump said. “We will respect historic institutions, but we will also respect the sovereign rights of nations.”
He added, “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict — not more.”