Last night during the debate Trump raised the issue of NATO, specifically the fact that our NATO allies aren’t paying their fair share of the costs involved in their own defense.
Simply put, as Trump noted, with 20 trillion dollars in national debt, we can no longer afford to be the world’s police force.
As expected, today I see a number of our NATO allies complaining that Trump’s assessment of their contribution was either inaccurate or unfair.
So, in the interest of fact checking Trump’s claims and keeping everyone honest, here’s a chart of America’s contribution to NATO as compared to other countries…
This was an interactive graphic so I had to do a screen grab and the last few countries like Latvia and Albania got cut off, but their contributions were $40 million or less. I think we’ve seen enough to get the idea.
Another bone Trump picked was the fact that while every country in the NATO alliance is at risk of Islamic terrorism, most of them have not joined us in fighting ISIS. I recall that during the Afghan and Iraq war, many nations did send troops and supplies but too often, the few troops they sent only served in support roles, they didn’t want to put their own people in harm’s way. After Saddam was captured, most of them withdrew their forces entirely and they’ve since been unwilling to commit troops to finish the job.