Trump Starts NATO Summit on Front Foot, Blasts Hypocritical Germany as ‘Captive of Russians’

Trump Starts NATO Summit on Front Foot, Blasts Hypocritical Germany as ‘Captive of Russians’, by Oliver Lane.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump went right to work in Brussels at the NATO summit Wednesday morning, taking truculent Germany to task for coming to the United States for defence, while simultaneously paying billions of dollars to the Russian Federation for energy. …

Bringing up the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe and how dependent it will make Germany and other European nations on imported Russian gas — which in a crisis could easily be turned off at source by the Russian government as happened with Crimea — the President said Germany was becoming “captive to Russia”.

Trump has a point. The majority of European countries don’t even meet their commitment of spending just 2% of their GNP on defense. Germany’s air force (the Luftwaffe) only has ten operational fighters at the moment (and only 110 if they all worked), and their soldiers sometimes train with broomsticks instead of weapons because of equipment shortages.

The US currently spends 3.57% of GNP on defense, down from 6% during the Cold War.