NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in his historic appeal to Congress, said on Wednesday that President Trump's aspirations for NATO allies to increase their defense spending were "having an impact" and made the alliance stronger.
for defense. It was a clear signal from President Trump, "he said. "And this message has a real impact." their gross products for defense. Trump, however, has repeatedly called on members who fail to comply with this obligation, even if this campaign has led to friction with longstanding US allies. The United States is spending 3.5 percent of its GDP on defense, and Trump has long called on its members to add their share.
When Tramp himself loaned for countries that agreed to increase their spending commitments, Stoltenberg said that NATO was
"After years of reducing defense budgets, all the Allies stopped the reduction, and all the Allies increased their defenses costs. Before they cut billions, they now add billions, "he said.
Stoltenberg told lawmakers that the European allies and Canada spent an additional $ 41
"These money will allow us to invest in the new opportunities that our armed forces need, including advanced fighters, attack helicopters, anti-missile defense and surveillance drums, "he said. "It's good for Europe and it's good for America."
In a broad statement in which he spoke about NATO's importance in the victory of the Cold War and in the fight against Russian aggression and terrorism, he also praised the efforts of the United States and NATO. to defeat the IDIS in the Middle East – saying that the coalition had made "significant progress."
"Thanks to the American leadership and our collective efforts, we have stopped this cruelty and millions of people have been released," he said. ] The performance coincides with the events marking the 70th anniversary of the Alliance's founding. Stoltenberg, the two-time prime minister of Norway and the first NATO chairman speaking at a joint meeting of Congress, spoke the day after meeting with Trump, where both officials welcomed the increase in Alliance spending. But when Tramp in the past expressed reservations about NATO, first and foremost, as a result of the cost problem, which, in turn, threatened to blow up the alliance.
The New York Times reported in January that Trump had suggested withdrawing the Alliance. The United States has been with NATO several times in 2018 and officials have feared that it could return to the threat if the allies' military spending continues to lag behind.
On Tuesday, Trump said along Stoltenberg that relations with NATO "were very good" and he
But he noted that, in particular, Germany, in his words, "does not pay for what they have to pay »
The Associated Press contributed to this report.