President to Cut NATO Spending
Will unveil plan in London
President Trump will announce a small reduction in U.S. contributions to NATO at this week’s meeting of alliance leaders in London.
His action is in alignment with his complaint that allies have taken advantage of the United States over the decades, as he has accused other countries of falling behind in their defense spending and overall burden-sharing. The new cut will apply to contributions the U.S. makes to NATO’s “common budget,” funding that pays for administrative costs.
At present, the U.S. contributes about 22 percent of the NATO administrative budget, which totals about $1.5 billion. The president’s reduction is expected to be in the neighborhood of $100 million. It has little in the way of immediate practical consequences, but carries heavy symbolism.
- For President Trump and those traveling with him and the work they will be doing at the NATO summit.
- About the symbolism of the cut to America’s financial contributions to NATO.