Mon. May 20th, 2019

Acting Pentagon chief denies US wants ‘cost-plus-50%’ from allies for bases

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Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan on Thursday denied reports that the US has a “cost-plus-50 percent” formula for allies to pay for the US military presence on their soil. Bloomberg reported earlier this week that President Donald Trump is pushing the formula as a basis for Germany, Japan and other allies. “We won’t do cost-plus-50 percent,” Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a hearing. US partners should pay their “fair share” when they can, but there was no such business-like formula, AFP quoted him as saying. “We’re not going to run a business and we’re not going to run a charity,” Shanahan said. Since coming into office, Trump has warned US allies, especially in NATO and East Asia, to pay more for the US presence.

Acting Pentagon chief denies US wants ‘cost-plus-50%’ from allies for bases

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan on Thursday denied reports that the US has a “cost-plus-50 percent” formula for allies to pay for the US military presence on their soil.

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