Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has had it with US tax dollars going to fund the bulk of NATO and the United Nations.
At a reception in the Senate Kennedy Caucus Room last week, he offered a change in how much the U.S. pays.
“I think we’re 22% of NATO [funding]. It is about the same as the U.N., we should make it proportional. So if there are 28 countries in NATO, we’re 1/28. If there are 140 in the U.N., or how ever many there are in the U.N., we’re 1/140, I’d be happy,” he said.
NATO uses a formula based on Gross Domestic Income to decide how much each it’s 29-member countries should pay. The United States pays the most, about 22 percent of NATO’s total budget. And Germany comes in a distant second with 14%. Third place is a tie between and the United Kingdom and France each fund 10.5 percent of NATO’s total budget. When it comes to the defense budget it is “suggested” that countries chip in at least 2%.
According to NATO’s defense expenditure for 2017, the U.S. has gone above an beyond the suggested contribution, paying 3.57 percent of their GDP.
Greece, the United Kingdom and Estonia were the only other countries to surpass the 2 percent payment.
At the 2018 summit, Trump suggested all countries raise the bar and ante up 4 percent for the NATO defense budget.
The United States is the largest provider of financial contributions to the United Nations, providing 22 percent of the entire UN budget in 2017 (in comparison the next biggest contributor is Japan with almost 10 percent. There are currently 193 member countries in the UN.
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