Earlier this morning (7/29) Mr. Esper was giving a press briefing about troop shuffling in NATO countries and why. Here's a little context and, what I hope isn't anything prescient... but rather a brain-fart.
"I think Germany is the wealthiest country in Europe, Germany can and should pay more to its defense," said Esper, reiterating his previous stance on the subject of Germany's defense spending levels. "It should certainly meet the 2% standard and I would argue go above and beyond that."
"I've said that very publicly. I've said that very privately to my counterparts, as well about the importance of NATO, and the alliance, sharing the burden, so we can all deter Russia and avoid peace in Europe."