Since when is pointing out facts scolding? And even if it is, so what? NATO partners have been taking advantage of America for years.
BRUSSELS — President Trump exported the confrontational, nationalist rhetoric of his campaign across the Atlantic on Thursday, scolding European leaders for not footing more of the bill for their own defense and lecturing them to stop taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers.Speaking in front of a twisted shard of the World Trade Center at NATO’s gleaming new headquarters in Brussels, Trump upbraided America’s longtime allies for “not paying what they should be paying.” He used a ceremony dedicating the memorial to NATO’s resolve in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States as a platform to exhort leaders to “focus on terrorism and immigration” to ensure their security.
Call me overly obsessed with facts, but countries paying less that 2% of their GDP are not living up to their obligations and instead are doling out generous welfare and free healthcare on the backs of American taxpayers who are making up the difference.