Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Thursday the Pentagon has no plans to charge foreign countries 150 percent of the cost for U.S. troops stationed there, contrasting a White House proposal.
Shanahan answered questions from the Senate Armed Forces Committee and was asked about the plan, dubbed the “cost plus 50” formula, being floated by President Donald Trump.
“Senator, we won’t do cost plus 50 percent,” Shanahan told Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska. “We’re not going to run a business. We’re not going to run a charity.
“Not everyone can contribute. But it is not about cost plus 50 percent.”
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger said Wednesday the plan has not been raised with America’s European allies.
The formula, according to Bloomberg, could lead to allies paying the U.S. five or six times what they currently pay to host U.S. military forces on their soil.
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