NATO leaders were treated to another lecture by Donald Trump today on how they must stump up more cash to pay for their security umbrella. The guidelines say countries should pay 2% of GDP, but less than a handful actually meet that criteria.
Of course, it’s more complicated. Some countries say they make it up by paying more in other forms of aid and support. Others say, they just can’t afford it.
Whatever the situation, today was not the day to remind people of unpaid bills. This was a ceremony dedicated to NATO’s resolve to fight global terror in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. And to dedicate the new NATO headquarters.
Donald Trump is right: NATO members should pay the required 2% and they should be reminded of their duty…just not today!
The president left his audience bemused, applauding politely. He missed an opportunity to remind everybody why this is the greatest security alliance ever created.
Instead, to quote Oscar Wilde, he left everyone with the impression he’s a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.