29 NATO Countries “Stepping Up Their Commitment” to Military Spending, President Trump Says
President Trump says the 29 NATO countries are “stepping up their commitment” to up their military spending.
The announcement was made at the NATO summit in Brussels, following 2 days of tense discussion and demands from the president.
The summit is usually a chance to reaffirm a commitment to the alliance that was formed after WWII, to defend the west against the Soviet Union.
Only 5 NATO countries are paying the requested 2 percent of their nation’s GDP on defense.
Wednesday the president pressed US allies to raise it to 4 percent.
The president tweeted:
Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost. The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2018
U.S. lawmakers have mixed reactions to the president’s demands.
Thursday, President Trump will travel to London for meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth.
He’ll then meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland.