Trump pushing allies hosting US troops to cover full cost of deployment plus some extra

Daily News Article - March 14, 2019


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. What is “Cost Plus 50”?

3. List U.S. ally countries that house larger U.S. military bases.

4. What percent of the cost for U.S. troops in Germany does that country pay?

5. Following WWII, the U.S. stationed troops in allied countries to protect these countries, as well as our own interests (against the Soviet Union…). U.S. taxpayers paid the cost for troops overseas, as these countries’ economies were building up.

Per wikipedia, Germany is currently the largest national economy in Europe, the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world, and fifth by GDP (PPP). In 2017, the country accounted for 28% of the euro area economy. In 2016, Germany recorded the highest trade surplus in the world worth $310 billion, making it the biggest capital exporter globally.

The U.S. provides protection and partnership (joint military drills and training…) for our allies around the world. U.S. troops in South Korea and Japan serve as a deterrent against the aggressions of China and North Korea.

Foreign policy experts, establishment Republicans and Democrats oppose the President’s push to require allies to “pay their fair share.”

Is President Trump wrong to push allies to “pay their fair share”? Explain your answer.