UPDATED 5:57 AM PT — Tues. July 10, 2018
President Trump is taking aim at NATO, saying the organization is taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers.
In a tweet just before heading to Europe Tuesday, the president said “the U.S. spends many times more than any other country” on defense.
Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
He also said the U.S. has lost $151 billion on trade with the European Union, citing the organization’s tariffs against the country.
The president and First Lady will arrive in Brussels Tuesday for a two-day NATO summit with other world leaders.
President Trump has been critical of the treaty, saying other countries do not contribute their fair share and it does not do enough to crack down on terror.