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Yes, and refusing to defend other NATO countries sets a dangerous precedent for the balance of global power
No, we should not defend any NATO country that spends less than 2% of their GDP on military defense
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an intergovernmental military alliance formed by 28 countries in 1949 after the Second World War. To join NATO each member country pledged to spend at least 2% of their GDP on military spending and defense and defend each other against threats from any non-member country. In a July 2016 interview with the New York Times Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that the United States would not defend NATO member countries who had failed to increase their military budgets to above 2% of Gross Domestic Product. The suggestion defies a pact made by NATO members when it was formed in WWII that they would defend each other against any attack by a non-member nation. France, Turkey, Germany, Canada, and Italy are countries that are currently spending less than 2% of their GDP on military defense. See recent NATO news
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No, but add a clause that ensures a "tax" or reparation is made to the US from those countries that need defending (and under 2%) should they need the US military for defense or aid. 2 years ago from a Republican in West Liberty, KY
We should not be expected to fund countries who prosper but do not fund their own defense -- why should we bear the cost when they can afford to do so?. 2 years ago from a Republican in Norfolk, NE
Strongly encourage them to meet obligations or make it an EU commitment. We are in severe debt but still paying to keep NATO. 2 years ago from a Republican in Lake Ridge, VA
What is our relationship with each country? Are we trying to buy friendship from countries that hate us?
We are paying groups so they can afford to kill us in the future. It's nuts. 2 years ago from a Republican in Monticello, IL
Agree with Trump! Make them contribute!. 2 years ago from a Republican in Baudette, MN
Any State we engage in with a treaty must be defended. We must be more careful about which nations we enter into a treaty with...but we should provide absolute protection for EVERY country we associate with on that level of treaty. If we want to be viewed... 2 years ago from a Republican in Anchorage, AK
We should not defend those unwilling to protect themselves. However if they are willing to increase their own military spending we should assist them until the point that they are self sufficient. 2 years ago from a Republican in Alta, UT