NATO summit: Trump toughens line on defense spending in special session

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The US president has repeatedly lambasted NATO allies for failing to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense. He has gone one step further and demanded they eventually spend double that target.


NATO leaders held an emergency session on Thursday to discuss US President Donald Trump's demands that all alliance members immediately boost their defense spending, hours after he demanded they spend double the alliance target on their militaries.

"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 US pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

"....On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable!" he added in a second Tweet.

Germany a 'captive of Russia'

Trump, who was referring to Germany's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline deal with Russia, had railed against the project on Wednesday, saying it made Germany a "captive of Russia."

The president also demanded that all 29 NATO members meet the alliance defense spending requirement, adding that it should even double the spending in the future.

"All NATO Nations must meet their 2 percent commitment," he wrote on Twitter. "And that must ultimately go to 4 percent!"

Trump's ire

Only three NATO members currently meet the 2 percent target, while five are expected to do so this year. Trump has repeatedly denounced low levels of defense spending among remaining members, particularly Germany, which most recently spent 1.24 percent of its GDP on defense.

The issue has dominated the president's public remarks since his arrival in Brussels on Tuesday, striking fear among European officials that the president may question the US' role in the alliance.

Deutsche Welle 



Tags: NATO   Germany  



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NATO summit: Trump toughens line on defense spending in special session

2018/07/1531389060.jpg
Read: 604     18:15     12 July 2018    

The US president has repeatedly lambasted NATO allies for failing to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense. He has gone one step further and demanded they eventually spend double that target.


NATO leaders held an emergency session on Thursday to discuss US President Donald Trump's demands that all alliance members immediately boost their defense spending, hours after he demanded they spend double the alliance target on their militaries.

"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 US pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

"....On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable!" he added in a second Tweet.

Germany a 'captive of Russia'

Trump, who was referring to Germany's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline deal with Russia, had railed against the project on Wednesday, saying it made Germany a "captive of Russia."

The president also demanded that all 29 NATO members meet the alliance defense spending requirement, adding that it should even double the spending in the future.

"All NATO Nations must meet their 2 percent commitment," he wrote on Twitter. "And that must ultimately go to 4 percent!"

Trump's ire

Only three NATO members currently meet the 2 percent target, while five are expected to do so this year. Trump has repeatedly denounced low levels of defense spending among remaining members, particularly Germany, which most recently spent 1.24 percent of its GDP on defense.

The issue has dominated the president's public remarks since his arrival in Brussels on Tuesday, striking fear among European officials that the president may question the US' role in the alliance.

Deutsche Welle 



Tags: NATO   Germany