President Trump at odds with NATO while protester carry anti-Trump signs ahead of Brussels visit
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News July 6, 2018 Updated: 5:04 AM PT
President Trump is scheduled to appear at the NATO summit in Brussels next week for a meeting with the alliance. However, the American President will not receive a warm welcome as anti-Trump protesters await him upon his arrival
Saturday, more than 2,000 people took to the streets of Belgium to show that Trump is not welcomed in their country. They flew banners, posters, and puppets resembling Trump, and the Belgium Prime Minister.
Since taking office, Trump has railed against NATO and their failure to meet the 2% defense spending minimums. Out of the 29-member alliance, only 8 members are meeting the two-percent minimum of their gross domestic product on defense. These countries are Poland, Greece, the United Kingdom, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and United States.
Protesters in Belgium carried sign that read, “Trump not welcomed” have accused President Trump of “Hate,” “Ignorance and warmongering.”
During a rally in Montana, Trump told the crowd, “I'm going to tell NATO, you got to start paying your bills. The United States is not going to take care of everything,” Trump also said, “We are the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing.” NATO pushed back by saying, “The only country that has benefitted from NATO has been the United States.”
A few days after Trump meets with NATO leaders, he will meet with Russia President, Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.