Donald Trump Told Montana Crowd "We're Paying for NATO"
Type: Misleading StatementsSep 06 2018 Severity: About: NATO
& Military & Defense
President Trump attended a rally to support Matt Rosendale, a candidate for the Montana Senate. Later in the speech, Trump claimed "we're paying for NATO," and "we're paying this massive percentage of cost." While the U.S. was the largest contributor to NATO's organizational expenses, it only funded 22% of those programs. At the time of Trump's speech, the U.S. defense expenditure represented 72% of defense spending across all NATO members, but this reflected what the U.S. spent on all military programs, not just in Europe.
Quote | He misled Montana ralliers by claiming the U.S. was paying for NATO.
"We're paying for NATO. We're paying this massive percentage of cost,” Trump said to a crowd at a Montana rally.