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Trump’s Push To Increase NATO Defense Spending Is A Check On Russian Aggression

- July 13, 2018

President Donald Trump Is Pressuring Members Of The NATO Alliance To Increase Their Defense Spending By More Than Russia's Entire 2017 Annual Military Budget

NATO MEMBERS' 2017 DEFENSE SPENDING SHORTFALL IS GREATER THAN ALL OF RUSSIA'S 2017 MILITARY SPENDING

NATO Members' Defense Spending Shortfall Was Over $100 Billion In 2017

Totals Breakdown

 

NATO Spending 2017

$958,711,000,000

Total If 2% Goal Met

$1,061,541,869,000

Total Increase Between 2017 And 2% GDP Goal

$102,830,869,000

 

In 2014, NATO Members Pledged That Their Countries Would Aim To Spend Two Percent Of Their GDP On Defense. "During the call with reporters, Hutchison noted that of the 29 NATO nations, 16 are on track to meet spending standards that were agreed upon at the 2014 NATO summit in Wales. The pledge called for all allies to stop cutting defense budgets, gradually increase spending, and aim to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense by 2024." (Amanda Macias, "The US Spent $686 Billion On Defense Last Year - Here's How The Other NATO Countries Stack Up," CNBC, 7/6/18)

President Trump Has Pushed NATO Members To Spend More On Defense Spending So As To Meet Their Commitment To Spend Two Percent Of GDP On Defense. "President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies - including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada - taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning that the United States is losing patience with what he said was their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance. … The president's complaint is that many NATO allies are not living up to the commitment they made at their Wales summit meeting in 2014 to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on national defense." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Trump Warns NATO Allies To Spend More On Defense, Or Else," The New York Times , 7/2/18)

In 2017, The United States' Defense Spending Accounted For 71.7 Percent Of All NATO Members Defense Spending, Which Means The U.S. Spends More On Defense Spending Than Every NATO Member Combined. "In 2017, the U.S. accounted for 51.1 percent of NATO's combined GDP and 71.7 percent of its combined defense expenditure. In short, the U.S. contributed more funds to NATO than Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Canada combined." (Amanda Macias, "The US Spent $686 Billion On Defense Last Year - Here's How The Other NATO Countries Stack Up," CNBC, 7/6/18)

  • Trump Has Repeatedly Said That The U.S. Is Paying Way More Than Its Fair Share. "NATO is based on the principle of collective defense, meaning that an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all allies and, consequently, members will come to each other's aid. But Trump has repeatedly said that the U.S. is paying way more than its fair share." (Holly Ellyatt, "Trump's NATO Criticism Is 'Valid,' Europe Isn't Spending Enough On Defense, UK Ex-Minister Says," CNBC , 7/11/18)

President Trump Is Pressuring Members Of The NATO Alliance, Which Serves As A Bulwark Against Russian Aggression, To Increase Their Defense Spending By More Than Russia's Entire 2017 Annual Military Budget

NATO Members Not Meeting 2% GDP Defense Spending

 

Total Defense Spending By Applicable Members

$202,187,000,000

Necessary Spending Increase By Applicable Members To Hit 2% GDP Goal

$102,830,869,000

% Of Total Spending Increase Required By Applicable Members To Meet Goal

50.85%

 

NATO Remains A Bulwark Against Russian Aggression. "After the Cold War, military spending was slashed across NATO's membership and some commentators questioned its relevance in the modern world. That changed in 2014 when Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and allegedly supported separatists in eastern Ukraine. This refocused attention on NATO as a bulwark against perceived Russian aggression." (Alexander Smith, "What Is NATO? And What Do Trump And Russia Think About It?," NBC News , 7/12/18)

Russia's Total Military Spending In 2017 Was Estimated To Be $66.3 Billion. "Russia has flexed its military muscles during the last few years with its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea and deep involvement in the Syrian conflict serving as examples of its more belligerent stance. But while global military spending rose one percent to $1,739 billion last year, Russia's fell 20 percent in real terms to $66.3 billion, the report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showed." ("Russian Military Spending Falls, Could Affect Operations: Think-Tank," Reuters , 5/1/18)

  • NOTE: The two percent GDP defense spending shortfall by NATO members in 2017 was $102,830,869,000.

NOTE: Click here to enlarge the image below detailing NATO members’ defense spending and GDP.


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