President Trump Hosts NATO Luncheon To Thank Those Upholding Their Financial Commitments – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump hosted a luncheon at the NATO summit for nine nations’ who are living up to their pledges of two-percent of GDP financial support for the NATO military alliance: United States, Bulgaria, Greece, United Kingdom, Estonia, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. These are eight countries, plus us — plus the United States — that are fully paid. They met the goal of 2 percent. We call them the “2 percenters.” Someday, we’ll raise it to 3 percent and 4 percent, maybe. But, right now, we have it.

But these are countries that have not been delinquent. They’ve been, in some cases, even more than 2 percent, because they feel so strongly about what we’re doing. And that’s really a sign of respect for the United States.

And one of the gentlemen — I won’t mention who — but said it’s so important to have the United States as a part of NATO because of what we’ve done. And just to make you all feel good, we will have spent, under what I’ve done, $2.5 trillion on the military. Two and a half trillion. So that pales in comparison when you look at what we’re talking about, right? So it’s — but it’s two and a half of the greatest equipment in the world. Every form of equipment known to mankind or womankind.

So I just want to thank these great countries. And they are great. They’ve become friends of mine, in many cases. And they’re very respected within their own countries. But these are countries that have met the goal of 2 percent.

We have, unfortunately, a large number that haven’t met the goal. Some are very close, and they will be. We’ve received an additional $130 billion a year. And, I guess, if you go back three years, it’s perhaps even more than that. But I’ve been doing this for three years.

And the Secretary General will tell you, in a few seconds; he’s going to say some — a little bit about it. But when I first came, it was like a rollercoaster down, not up. Down. It was all the way down at the lowest point ever. And since then, we’ve gone up massively. And now we’ll be, by far, the highest point ever.

So it’s a great organization. And we — we owe a lot to the Secretary General. He’s been fantastic. He’s done, really, a fantastic job.

We think it’ll be up — within three years, it will be up to $400 billion more. And — but, in the meantime, these are the countries. I said, “I want to take the 2 percenters to lunch.” We call them, affectionately, “Those 2 percenters.” But I want to take them to lunch. So this is a lunch that’s on me.

And I want to thank you all. And if you’d like to say something to the press, you can. But, in the meantime, I’ll ask our great Secretary General to say a few words.

SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG: Thank you so much, Mr. President. And thank you so much for hosting this lunch with nine countries — or the eight plus one, the United States — that are spending 2 percent of GDP on defense.

And just a few years ago, this would have been a few small group of countries. Because, a few years ago, there were only three countries. And so this is actually more than twice as many countries just since a few years ago.

So this demonstrates the progress we are making on defense spending. We still have much to do, and more Allies have to meet the 2 percent guideline. But it demonstrates that we are making real progress.

It also demonstrates that your leadership on defense spending, Mr. President, is having an impact, because more Allies meet the 2 percent guideline. All Allies have started to increase. The majority of Allies have plans in place to meet the 2 percent guideline by 2024. And the European Allies and Canada have added $130 billion to the defense budget since 2016. And this number will be $400 billion by 2024.

So this is significant progress. This is making NATO stronger. This is unprecedented. So, again, it’s great to be together with countries which are really investing in our shared security and showing that NATO is adapting, NATO is flexible, NATO is able to change when we need to respond to more demanding security environments.

So once again, thank you so much, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you. Great job you’re doing. Thank you very much.

How about Poland? Would you like to say something representing the group?

PRESIDENT DUDA: Mr. President, thank you very much for this —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you.

PRESIDENT DUDA: — for the kind invitation. And we are very glad that we are in this group of countries who feel responsibility for — not only for our own security, not only the security of our border, but also security of the whole Alliance.

And this approach, “NATO 360 degrees,” is one of the crucial elements of our Alliance and unity. As we had very good discussion today, and we have, in my opinion, very important decision. And this meeting today was the next step. And it shows that we are united and we are together, and that the NATO Alliance is still alive and still in very good shape.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It is, indeed. I think he would get fantastic television ratings with that — with the way he made that presentation. (Laughter.)

How about my friend? You want to say something?

PRESIDENT IOHANNIS: Yes, thank you so much for — for inviting us. I think this is an important sign for NATO, because we are — except for you, we are not the richest countries and, still, we believe in NATO. We believe in the unity of NATO. And we believe that NATO is extremely important for all of us. So instilling this idea of burden sharing is extremely important, and I think our colleagues will follow our lead. So thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: They will, actually. And if they don’t, we’ll get them on trade. One way or the other, they’re paying, folks — that, I can tell you.

Thank you all very much. Appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Q Just to clarify, sir, did you cancel the news conference? You’re going to — you’re still going to do it?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Say it, Steven?

Q Did you cancel the news conference? We weren’t clear.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh, yeah, I’ll cancel the news — I’ve done so many. And I’m doing, I think, two more. We’re meeting with Italy and Denmark. So, I’m doing two more. I think that’s enough. There would be nothing to say. So I won’t be — you’ll let the word out. We’re doing — but we are doing Denmark and Italy right after this. So we’re staying for two more bilats, and the press will be invited, okay?

END 2:27 P.M. GMT

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31 Responses to President Trump Hosts NATO Luncheon To Thank Those Upholding Their Financial Commitments – Video and Transcript…

  1. In the Land of Poz says:

    Coalition of the Un-Delinquent

    Liked by 7 people

  2. rvsueandcrew says:

    “… if they don’t, we’ll get them on trade.”

    Our President means business.

    Liked by 8 people

  3. President Trump knows how to collect the rent.

    Liked by 8 people

  4. tonyE says:

    Heck, it looks like the nations that remember Stalin the best are most willing to pay up for protection.

    Liked by 12 people

  5. Tiffthis says:

    Love this lunch and the people invited will prolly get tasked with bring at least 1 more country to the 2% table next year 👍🏼 Trump is good at delegating.

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Germany and France should be embarrassed; all of these much smaller Eastern European countries are doing their fair share.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Neil M. Dunn says:

    https://www.statista.com/chart/14636/defense-expenditures-of-nato-countries/

    From the link above, I calculated the following:

    US Share of NATO/yr $730,149,000,000
    Other NATO Countries 307,540,000,000
    Total 1,037,689,000,000

    So US Pays 730,149/1,037,689 x 100% = 70.3629>70.363%
    of all the expenses/yr

    Furthermore, the US has spent over the years $6.85 Trillion on NATO.
    http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/nato-spending-by-country/

    This is still a work-in-progress as I still need to compare GDPs for the US vs NATO countries and–>some “fair share” comparison.
    So far, it appears that the US citizens have made some “Entities” a lot of money.
    Clearly not worth it to me->Get out of NATO now–seems reasonable.

    Liked by 3 people

    • erp says:

      Thank you this important work.

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    • Donzo says:

      The defense of the western Pacific carries far more geopolitical significance in the 21st Century than does that of Europe.

      Liked by 1 person

    • James W Crawford says:

      NATO without the US is crippled.

      Given the probability that Turkey will be expelled from NATO because of the purchase of the S-400 missile system from Russia and impending purchase of the Russian Su -35 rather than the US F-35, NATO without the US is a joke.

      The impending conflict that will result from the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons at Incirlik Airbase in Turkey will result in a conflict that will drive a stake through the heart of NATO.

      I recommend two books for people who are reeavaluating their opinion of NATO.

      SUPERPOWER by Ian Bremmer

      and

      THE ACCIDENTAL SUPEWOWER by Peter Ziehan.

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  8. Broc Smith says:

    A very prestigious new group. Literally, the NEW operators of NATO.

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  9. teabag14 says:

    Thank you for posting this so I know why VSGPDJT really cancelled that one news conference. The rest of the world isn’t being told the truth – as if that should surprise anyone. 😠

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Donzo says:

    Trump says one way or another they’re paying ( the 2%) and that if they don’t we’ll get the money on trade. But the inference is that we would then use the tariff payments to pay down their default. I’m not sure if that’s what he’s saying and I hope it’s not what he’s saying as I disagree with using tariffs collected for that purpose. I suspect he’s using tariffs as a sort of penalty for nonpayment not as as alternate method of collection. But, otherwise, what a great comment. Really stuck it to them. Here’s looking at you, Germany and France.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      I think he is saying those countries are going to lose their money one way or anther. Can do it the easy way or the hard way. Their choice.

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  11. 335blues says:

    A tale of two memories.
    On the first hand you have the noble people of Poland. They suffered mightily under the
    communist regime of the Soviet Union. And what of their memory?
    They have not forgotten, and they are at the head of the line to fund the common defense of Europe.
    They will always remember being under the jackboot of communism, and are determined to do
    all that they can to prevent suffering a similar fate of totalitarianism.
    On the other hand you have, for instance, the people of Germany. They seem to have already forgotten the horrors of Third Reich nazism, as well as the communism east Germany suffered under for decades.
    How could they elect a communist from the old east Germany that suffered under soviet control, Angele Merkel, to be their chancellor? Are they stupid? Do they want to give communism a go?
    Whatever the reason they have shown they are not interested in the common defense of Europe
    unless it comes with America footing the bill.
    This is completely unacceptable.
    The people of Germany, and other countries who have ignored their responsibilities for defense, are getting their wake up call.
    And, oh by the way, tariffs will also be reciprocal or not at all.
    The Marshall Plan is finally coming to an end.

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  12. Alex Pazzo says:

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: They will, actually. And if they don’t, we’ll get them on trade. One way or the other, they’re paying, folks — that, I can tell you.
    LEVERAGE!!!!

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  13. GB Bari says:

    President Trump puts his money where his mouth is.

    No “participation trophies” from our VSG President. He believes in “earning” your keep.

    So he accordingly shows his appreciation for these 9 countries who didn’t just show up to NATO talking about its value, they actually put up their money to prove their sincerity.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. MaineCoon says:

    When President Trump said “I’m paying for the lunch” I took it to mean him, personally, not the USA. He said it twice so all grasp it. It was his personal thank you to each one of them. As the President Iohannis said, they aren’t the rich countries. These small countries are sacrificing to increase their increasing their share giving. PDJT won’t forget.

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  15. ATheoK says:

    Awww, Erdogan, Macron, Merkel and Two-face didn’t get invited to a special lunch!

    Macron and Two-face are still suffering indigestion from their meetings with President Trump; they couldn’t handle any rich food.

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  16. Richard says:

    I suspect the motivation for the Greeks is justified fear of Turkey rather than anything having to do with the US or Russia. The Greeks don’t really believe that there will be any protection if Turkey gets aggressive with them.

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