Trump Criticizes NATO Nations for Debts and Immigration

The NATO nations have not paid what the owe and they have increased security risks in Europe by their immigration policies.

What Donald Trump said about the NATO nations today should have surprised no one. During the campaign he criticized other NATO members for not meeting their treaty obligations by contributing their fair share toward defense. Listening to the news today, you might get the impression that was his only criticism of other NATO nations. The Telegraph presents that message in this headline, “Trump demands Europe pay more toward Nato in excoriating speech at Brussels summit.

But the story itself, another aspect of the speech comes to the forefront: Trump castigated the NATO nations for establishing immigration policies that encouraged terrorist attacks.

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In an often uncomfortable speech, the US president lectured an audience of European leaders that included Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron of France and Germany’s Angela Merkel.

“Nato members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations,” Mr Trump said, while other leaders looked on awkwardly.

“Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defence. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.”


“Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks or the horror you saw in Manchester, and so many other places, will continue forever,” he said.

He called on Nato to reposition itself to fight terrorism and focus on immigration.

“You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases we have no idea who they are,” he said.

“The Nato of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration.”

Read the full article at The Telegraph.

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Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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