Donald Trump has praised Greece and six other NATO nations for their financial contribution to the Alliance.
At a Cabinet meeting attended by NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, Trump listed countries he said had paid the amount “they’re supposed to be paying”.
“I want to thank the seven NATO nations, in addition to the United States, who will meet their two-percent NATO defense spending.
“Now, unfortunately, we pay much more than two percent, which is probably unfair, and unfair to the taxpayers of the United States.
“But the two percent number that’s met is Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, and the United Kingdom. And they are right up to snuff. They paid. hey were on time. They paid the number that they’re supposed to be paying. We have some that don’t — and, well, they’ll be dealt with,” the U.S. leader said.
Trump also singled out Germany as a country he said was not doing enough.
“In particular Germany must demonstrate leadership in the alliance by addressing its longstanding shortfall in defense contributions,” Trump said.
Greece has the second-highest rate in defense spending within NATO after the U.S. According to NATO estimates published last year, 2.32 percent of the country’s GDP is allocated to defense.