President Donald Trump has been successful in urging NATO allies to increase their defense spending and his push has strengthened the alliance, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a historic address to Congress on Wednesday, Fox News reported. 

“NATO is a strong alliance, but to remain a strong alliance, we have to be a fair alliance,” Stoltenberg began his speech with a solid statement.

“NATO allies must spend more on defense,” has been the clear message from President Trump.  “And this message is having a real impact,” the NATO leader said while everyone stood up and applauded.

“After years of reducing defense budgets, all allies have stopped the cuts and all allies have increased their defense spending. Before they were cutting billions, now they are adding billions,” he said.

Stoltenberg said that NATO is stronger as a result of the U.S. pressure, according to Fox News.

“That money allows us to invest in the new capabilities our armed forces need, including advanced fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, missile defense and surveillance drones, Stoltenberg said. “This is good for Europe, and it is good for America.”

The allies started raising their defense spending after continuous urging from President Trump. “NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!,” the president tweeted on July 10, 2018.

The push should have been delivered years ago by previous administrations, according to President Trump. “For decades, politicians promised to secure the border, fix our trade deals, bring back our factories, get tough on China, move the embassy to Jerusalem, make NATO pay their fair share, and so much else – only to do NOTHING (or worse)….,” the president indicated in a tweet on Jan. 14, 2019.

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