Trump lashes out at NATO members days before summit

President Trump on Monday lashed out at US allies, two days before he heads to Brussels for the NATO summit.

“The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable,” Trump tweeted. “While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more. Germany is at 1%, the U.S. is at 4%, and NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the U.S.”

“By some accounts, the U.S. is paying for 90% of NATO, with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment,” Trump continued. “On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the U.S., with big Trade Barriers on U.S. goods. NO!”

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Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
A participant holds the portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump as protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
A mock figurine depicting U.S. President Donald Trump is seen as protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal TEMPLATE OUT
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. The banner reads: "No to NATO. No to War". REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal TEMPLATE OUT
Two mock figurines depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel are seen as protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. The writing on the placard reads, 'NATO, we don't want it'. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protesters take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
A demonstrator holds a placard as protesters prepare to take part in a march against the NATO leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Protestors carry placards as they take part in a rally in Brussels on July 7, 2018, against the forthcoming NATO summit and scheduled visit of US President Donald Trump on July 11 and 12. (Photo by NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / BELGA / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
July 7th, Brussels. President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, where it's going to be on the table more military expenditure by all NATO countries, including Belgium. This Saturday thousands of people gathering in Brussels to protest organized by the Belgium platform 'Trump not welcome here'. According to this platform, 'we don't want to take part in this military bid at the expense of social protection, tackling climate change, fighting poverty, a humane refugee policy and a diverse and inclusive society without racism, sexism, homo, and transphobia'. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Trump has repeatedly slammed the alliance’s members during his presidency.

“NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations,” he said last year. “This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States. And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years. Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.”

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