As the Russia/Ukraine conflict continues to rage, the world scrambles to avoid widespread catastrophe. Most European countries have pledged support for Ukraine, and condemned Russia’s invasion.
And one country is finally stepping up and delivering the goods on defense spending. This is significant because for years, they’d failed to meet their NATO obligations.
Former President Donald Trump railed against this nation while he was in office — and now he’s been vindicated.
Back in 2018, then-President Trump ripped Germany for not meeting its requirements as a member of NATO.
He also criticized the old World War II foe of making a “massive” deal with Russia, which he predicted might cause serious problems. Here’s what he said at the time, according to Breitbart:
It is very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes and pays out billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.
We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries.
Trump added that it’s “very unfair to our country, and it’s very unfair to our taxpayers.” He then demanded that Germany “step up” immediately.
The problem was, because Germany was relying on Russian gas, they’d become “captive” to Putin’s dictatorial regime. It was only recently that Germany finally blocked the opening of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Also in 2018, then-American Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell called the country’s commitment to NATO “woeful.”
But thankfully, Germany has started to react in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And it’s a surprise move:
Germany has lifted its ban on selling weapons to Ukraine and has committed to finally meet its NATO defence spending requirements after the Russian invasion…
After years of delinquency to meet its NATO obligations, Germany, the economic powerhouse of Europe has finally committed to spending at least 2 per cent of its GDP on defence spending.
Though Germany has continued to spend a bit more on defense over the years, they frequently missed the NATO requirement. For example, they spent just 1.53% on defense last year.
Upping it to 2% at least meets their obligations, and it’s a sign of support for the battling Ukrainians.
Germany also rescinded their ban on selling weapons to warzones: Chancellor Scholz confirmed that Germany planned to send over 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 surface-to-air missiles.
This comes as good news to Ukraine, which continues to repel a forceful Russian invasion that has already claimed many lives.
And as for Donald Trump, it seems he was right: Germany needs to step up and meet those NATO requirements. And hopefully, other countries will continue to rise up against the Russian aggression.
- Former President Donald Trump demanded that Germany meet its NATO obligations back in 2018.
- Germany finally did, announcing they will spend 2% on defence. They also reversed their rule not to send weapons to conflict zones.
- When Trump made his demand, then-Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell had called the country’s commitment to NATO “woeful.”