President Trump just took a red pen to the free military security provided to our foreign allies, now demanding that Germany and Japan (for starters) pay for the cost of our troops in their countries. He’s also demanding 50% or more in additional funds to offset anticipated expenditures. The Republican Hawks are already crying foul while others are celebrating the “Cost Plus 50” formula for unprecedented burden sharing that will help the United States’ bottom line. President Trump fired back at critics tweeting that “Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, just stated that because of me NATO has been able to raise far more money than ever before from it’s members after many years of decline. It’s called burden sharing.”
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Last week, Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration is drawing up demands for Germany and Japan – and eventually other countries – to pay for the costs of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus an additional 50% or more.
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who sits on the Armed Services Committee and is the head of the House Republican Conference, criticized the Trump administration’s move, calling it “absolutely devastating.
“We benefit tremendously” by stationing soldiers in South Korea, Japan, Germany and other countries, Cheney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “The notion that we are now going to somehow charge them ‘cost plus 50’ is really – it’s wrongheaded, and it would be devastating to the security of the nation and our allies.”