tv President Trump Remarks at NATO Summit Bilateral Breakfast CSPAN July 11, 2018 11:05am-11:17am EDT
europe and north america stand together and we'll continue to ocus on that standing. nato has to invest more in defense. that will be the main topic. president trump: over the last year, about $40 billion more has been given by other countries to help nato, but that's not nearly enough. the united states is paying far too much. and other countries are not paying enough, especially some. so we're going to have a meeting on that and the secretary-general has worked very hard on that. he understands the problem and hopefully we can get a result. it's been going on for decades. for decades. it's disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the united states. we're going to make it fair. that will be it. i want to just compliment the
secretary-general. he's worked very hard on this problem. he understands it better than anybody. thank you very much. thank you. good morning, everybody. good morning to the media. legitimate media not the fake news media. lot of people here. urprising. just look at the chart. take a look at the chart. it many countries are not paying what they should. frankly, many countries owe us a
tremendous amount of money for many years back where they are delinquent as far as i'm concerned. the united states has had to pay for them. if you go back 10, 20 years you add it up, it's massive amounts of money as the united states has stepped up like nobody. this has gone on for decades, by the way. this has gone on for many presidents. no other president brought it up like i bring it up. something has to be done. and the secretary-general has been working on it very hard. this year, since our last meeting, commitments have been made for over $40 million more money spent by other countries. that's a step. but it's a very small step. it sounds like a lot of money, it is. it's a very small amount of money relative to what they owe and should be paying. it's an unpair burden on the united states. -- unfair burden on the united states. i'm sure it will be resolved. i have great confidence in the secretary-general.
he's worked very, very hard on this. he knows it's a fact. i have great confidence in him and his representatives. >> first of all, mr. president, and good to be here for the summit. we're willing to discuss many important issues at the summit. we all agree that we have to do more. i agree with you that we have to make sure there is more. the good news is there is more in defense. we're adding illions. president trump: why was that last year? >> because of your leadership. because of your message. i have done it before.
your message is having an impact . we build on that to make sure we ave further increases. all allies are going to develop national plan to spend more on defense. based on these national plans, we now estimate that the european allies and canada will so, this is really some momentum. it helps. i'm moving in that direction. asking to do more. strong nato is good for europe. it is also good for united states. the u.s. helps to protect europe.
the united states project power to the middle east, to africa, -- with europe. we look forward to the meeting with president putin. and i think the leaders look forward to your thoughts about the meeting with mr. putin. president trump: i say it's very sad when germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with russia where you're supposed to be guarding against russia. and germany goes out and pays billions and billions a year to russia. we're protecting germany, we're protecting france. we're protecting all of these countries, and then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with russia where they are paying billions of dollars into the coffers of russia. we're supposed to protect you
against russia, but they are paying billions of dollars to russia. i think that's very inappropriate. and the former chancellor of germany is the head of the pipeline company that's supplying the gas. it's ultimately germany will have almost 70% of their country controlled by russia with natural gas. you tell me. is that appropriate? i have been complaining about this from the time i got in. should never have been allowed to happen. germany is totally controlled by russia because they will get from 60% to 70% of their energy from russia and their new pipeline. you tell me if that's appropriate because i think it is not. i think it's a very bad thing for nato. i don't think it should have happened. i think we have to talk to germany about it. on top of that, germany's just paying a little bit over 1%. whereas the united states in actual numbers is paying 4.2%. of a much larger g.d.p. i think that's inappropriate also. we're protecting germany.
we're protecting france. we're protecting everybody. and yet we're paying a lot of money to protect. this has been going on for decades. this has been brought up by other presidents. but other presidents never did anything about it because i don't think they understood it or they just didn't want to get involved. i have to bring it up. i think it's very unfair to our country. very unfair to our taxpayer. and i think that these countries have to step it up. not over a 10-year period. step it up immediately. germany is a rich country. they talk about they are going to increase it a tiny bit by 2030. well, they could increase it immediately tomorrow and have no problem. i don't think it's fair to the united states. we're going to have to do something because we're not going to put up with it. we can't put up with t it's inappropriate. so we have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the countries that we're supposed to be protecting you against. everybody's talking about it all
over the world. we're supposed to be protecting you from russia. why are you paying billions of dollars to russia for energy? why are countries in nato, namely germany, having a large percentage of their energy needs paid to russia and taken care of by russia? if you look at it, germany is a captive of russia. they got rid of their coal plants. they got rid of their nuclear. they are getting so much of the oil and gas from russia. i think it's something that nato has to look at. i think it's very inappropriate. you and i agree it's inappropriate. i don't know what you can do about it now, but it certainly doesn't seem to make sense that -- you have to defend them gainst russia. aol there are sometimes differences. and different views and disagreements. gas pipeline from russia to
germany is one issue where allies disagree. the strength is differences. we have always been able to unite around our thoughts to protect and defend each other. we're stronger together than apart. wo world wars. president trump: how can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against or from the group you want protection? >> they come to understand where we stand together also dealing with russia we're stronger. i think what we have seen -- president trump: we're just making russia richer. we're not dealing with russia. >> i think even during the cold war, nato allies were trading with russia. there have been disagreements about what kind of arrangements -- president trump: i think energy is a much different story than normal trade.
you have a country like poland that won't accept the gas. you take a look at some of the countries, they won't accept it because they don't want to be captive to russia. germany as far as i'm concerned is captive to russia because it's getting so much of its energy from russia. so we're supposed to protect germany but they are getting their energy from russia. explain that. it can't be explained. you know that. >> thank you. thank you. all talking at once] president trump: i have great confidence they'll spend more. i have great confidence.
i have great confidence they'll spend more money as they should be. > 10 times more than russia. [inaudible] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit ncicap.org]