President Donald Trump is making NATO members finally pay their fair share.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked the American president for pressuring NATO’s 28 member countries to increase their defense contributions.
Since Trump became president, Stoltenberg claims that NATO allies are now starting to pony up more of their money towards strengthening the alliance “after years of decline.”
Stoltenberg made it clear that NATO members have to pitch in to keep this alliance going, stating that “NATO is a strong alliance, but to remain a strong alliance, we have to be a fair alliance.”
He also added, “And therefore, Allies have to invest more in defense. You have a very clear message on that, and your message is having a clear impact.”
The NATO Secretary General said that all members, with the exception of the United States, which is already spending 4 percent of its GDP, plan to increase their defense spending by $100 billion by the end of 2020. This would put defense expenditures close to the 2 percent target number that all NATO members agreed to in 2014.
In 2016, Trump caused controversy when he told The New York Times that if other NATO countries don’t pull their weight, he was ready to pull America out of NATO. The United States spent $664 billion on NATO in 2016—roughly three-quarters of NATO’s spending that year.
Trump made his point clear:
If we cannot be properly reimbursed for the tremendous cost of our military protecting other countries … with massive wealth. Massive wealth. We’re talking about countries that are doing very well. Then yes, I would be absolutely prepared to tell those countries, ‘Congratulations, you will be defending yourself.
Fast forward to the present, Trump is now saying that other NATO countries are “catching up.”
BLP reported last month how Trump was not letting up the pressure to make NATO members start paying more for defense. Trump’s calls to action are beginning to have an effect on the other NATO countries.
However, there is still much work to be done as far as returning to an America First foreign policy goes. Defense industry interests run deep in Washington and they went go away without a fight.
Senate neoconservatives have already obstructed Trump on both the Afghanistan and Syria withdrawals. With hawkish statements coming from the State Department and Vice President Mike Pence last week, it looks like Trump still has to tame the neocon elements in his administration.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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