NATO’s titular head, Jens Stoltenberg, tried to placate the bullish Trump by saying that other members of the alliance were planning to increase aggregate spending by some $266 billion over the next seven years.
Some observers noted that the behavior of Trump was like a gangster boss driving into a neighborhood, demanding that protection fees be hiked.
Christopher Black, a Canadian-based lawyer and analyst, described the proceedings as “an American shakedown” of the other 28 NATO members.
“Every American president has complained that the US is fronting the bill while its allies get a free ride. But nothing could be further from the truth… It is an aggressive military alliance created to serve mainly US interests,” wrote Black, in a commentary this week.