President Donald Trump seized an opportunity ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels to encourage the other member nations to continue their fight against radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of the nightmarish Manchester attacks that killed nearly two dozen innocent concertgoers.
â€śTerrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever,â€ť he said, characterizing the tragedy as a constant reminder of the â€śbarbaricâ€ť and â€śviciousâ€ť threat posed by the Islamist ideology.
â€śInnocent little girls and so many others were horribly murdered and badly injured while attending a concert,â€ť Trump continued, offering a few personal details of the victims of the attack. â€śBeautiful lives with so much great potential, torn from their families forever and ever.â€ť
Alongside his call for solidarity, the president proved his commitment to fulfilling his campaign promise to take other NATO members to task over their reluctance to pay up.
â€śMembers of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations,â€ť he said. â€śTwenty-three of the 28 members nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.â€ť
In September 2014, all NATO members pledged to pay two percent of their GDP to cover the allianceâ€™s costs, but as of 2015, only the United States and Estonia had fulfilled their end of the bargain.
Trump made his remarks during a ceremony dedicated to an unveiling of the Article 5 and the Berlin Wall memorials and extolling the virtues of the NATO alliance in the fight against the communist threat. Of a portion of the monument that depicted one of the Twin Towers destroyed on September 11, Trump said it was a â€śpainful reminderâ€ť of a threat that the world still faces to this day