The liberal and progressive media have gone into a frenzy after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has appealed for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s allies to pay their shares. During all this turmoil, Donald Trump managed to grab some allies of his own, like Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also the Supreme Allied Commander.
In an interview Thursday night at the Aspen Security Forum, this top commander affirmed Trump’s call for monetary compensation from America’s NATO allies, saying that America shouldn’t be shortchanged for the assistance the country provides.
“What I tell them typically is that look, we have a people and a Congress with a tough budget as well,” Scaparrotti told The Washington Examiner. “So as a leader of another country you have to put your share into this, you have to do that because when I go back to testify to Congress I get asked these questions.”
Trump undoubtedly triggered those who cling to failing foreign policies on Wednesday, saying, “I think NATO’s great. But it’s got to be modernized, and countries that we’re protecting have to pay what they’re supposed to be paying.”
After Scaparrotti made it clear that everyone needs to chip in for the alliance to function properly, he then re-affirmed the importance of Article 5 of the NATO charter. In summary, it states that an attack on one ally is an attack on every ally.
Scaparrotti also reinforced the fact that this particular authorization has to be “ironclad,” implying that each and every one of the American allies must not hesitate about these conditions.
“Without (adequate funding) we’re not going to outpace Russia’s modernization. We’ve got to have that in order to provide a credible force,” Scaparrotti explained. “One thing (our allies) need to know is that they can count on the United States to do what we say we’re going to do.”