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Bush, Obama Also Called on NATO Members to Boost Defense Spending

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By    |   Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:14 PM

President Donald Trump wasn't the first to call for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to spend more on defense. CNBC notes that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama also called on European allies to increase defense spending.

Bush and Obama both voiced frustration with NATO allies, who they felt did not spend enough of their domestic budgets on defense.

At his final NATO summit in 2008, Bush said he would, "encourage our European partners to increase their defense investments to support both NATO and EU operations," and that "America believes if Europeans invest in their own defense, they will also be stronger and more capable when we deploy together."

Obama, at a press conference in Brussels in March 2014 that took place less than one week after Russia claimed ownership of Crimea, said that "If we've got collective defense, it means that everybody's got to chip in, and I have had some concerns about a diminished level of defense spending among some of our partners in NATO. Not all, but many.

"The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn't free, and we've got to be willing to pay for the assets, the personnel, the training that's required to make sure that we have a credible NATO force and an effective deterrent force," Obama said. "So one of the things that I think, medium and long term, we'll have to examine, is whether everybody is chipping in."

However, CNBC notes that the key difference between Trump and his predecessors is the way Trump apparently fails to understand that the money is spent on the countries' own militaries, and not to anyone else.

"Frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them," Trump said Wednesday. "So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up. It's massive amounts of money is owed.”

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President Donald Trump wasn't the first to call for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to spend more on defense. CNBC notes that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama also called on European allies to increase defense...
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