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Opinion: Money U.S. overpays for Europe defense should be used to rebuild our country

(NATO)

President Trump went to Brussels, Belgium this week to participate in the 2018 NATO Summit.

The President has frequently clashed with officials internally and abroad about his stance on the organization -- that the United States is paying more than its fair share to maintain NATO’s collective defense.

As a matter of fact, the United States contributes almost three quarters of NATO’s overall defense spending.

Additionally, only five countries in the alliance reach the targeted defense spending of 2 percent of gross domestic product: The United States, the United Kingdom, Greece, Poland and Estonia.

The President, in his remarks at the summit went as far as to call the countries not contributing their fair share “delinquent.”

Critics of the President are arguing that he is being too direct and heavy-handed.

Some claim that his frustration with NATO is misplaced, and that we spend too much money on our own military and not enough on securing Europe.

I disagree.

The money we are overpaying to protect other countries like Germany could be used to rebuild our country. Take a look at places like Camden, New Jersey, parts of Baltimore, Chicago and Washington D.C. and you will see how badly those resources are needed here, at home.

Here's the Bottom Line: The President campaigned on the idea that agreements with foreign countries and organizations should be fair to all sides.

You don’t have to be a geo-political genius to see that we’re essentially single-handedly subsidizing NATO.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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