Candidate Donald Trump promised that if he were to be elected president the U.S. wouldn't have to bear the brunt of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) budget.

Canada and European allies announced plans this week to increase defense spending by 4.3 percent to support NATO's operating costs, estimated to reach $921 billion in 2017.

"To keep our nations safe, we need to keep working to increase defense spending and fairer burden-sharing across our alliance,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a news conference in Brussels. “After years of decline, in 2015 we saw a real increase in defense spending across European allies and Canada. This year, we foresee an even greater real increase of 4.3 percent.”

Trump, who once called NATO an "obsolete" organization, has been putting the pressure on the 28 member nations to spend more on their military defense, otherwise the U.S. would be spending less on NATO.

Twenty-five nations have announced plans to increase military spending this year and meet the 2 percent GDP threshold they agreed upon.

At present, the U.S. pays 22.1 percent of NATO's budget, followed by Germany at 14.7 percent. Thirteen other nations contribute less than 1 percent of NATO's mammoth operating expenses, according to CNS.

NATO's plans for military expansion to meet the Russian "threat" isn't cheap and will require huge amounts of capital to reach NATO's growth objectives. For too many years the U.S. has had to foot most of the cost of a military alliance that was designed to protect Western European nations against a Soviet attack.

That threat no longer exists and it's becoming harder for polticians to justify NATO's existence without providing a new threat. There's even talk about the creation of an Arab NATO to counter Russian, Iranian and Syrian influence in the Middle East.

America has her own troubles what with a faltering economy and military overcommitments around the world. Trump brought attention to the unfair reliance on the U.S. in support of NATO. The time has finally arrived for other NATO members to pay up or get out.

Do you support the continued existence of NATO? Should the U.S. pay the lion's share of the cost of running the organization? We'd love to hear your views in the comment section below.

Source: Daily Caller

 
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