Trump Floats Idea NATO Allies Should Double Defense Spending Target




  • In Business/Economy
  • 2018-07-11 16:00:44Z
  • By Slav Okov, Gregory Viscusi, Margaret Talev
 

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested to NATO allies that the alliance's target to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense should be doubled. It was an informal proposal, yet one that does little to ease tensions at an already charged summit.

The suggestion was made behind closed doors at a gathering that's shaping up into a fight on several fronts, with Trump accusing Germany of being a "captive" to Russia over its support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He's also badgering allies to meet a 2 percent target that only five of the 29 members currently meet.

NATO set a goal for members to spend a set proportion of economic output on defense at a 2014 meeting in Wales. Internally, not even NATO uses the figure as a standalone measure of what makes a good ally. Trump's idea wasn't reflected in the summit conclusions.

According to a French official, Trump said it would be a good thing if everyone spent around 4 percent on defense, which was presumed to be a generous rounding up of the U.S. budget of some 3.57 percent of GDP. It wasn't a demand, rather just a mention, the French official said.

Still, Trump is using the 4-percent-argument to ram home his message that the U.S. gets a bad deal from allies. His point, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, is that NATO members should be spending far more than 2 percent.

Raised it Before

"During the president's remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2% of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4%," Sanders wrote in an email. "The President raised this same issue when he was at NATO last year. President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations."

Asked about Trump's comments, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was
reluctant to endorse such a move.

"I will focus on what we have agreed and we have agreed that we committed to the pledge increasing defense spending to 2 percent," he told reporters. "And let's start with that. We have a way to go."

Adds.

Read Trump Floats Idea NATO Allies Should Double Defense Spending Target on bloombergpolitics.com

COMMENTS

More Related News

Russia says Putin, Trump discussed referendum in Ukraine
Russia says Putin, Trump discussed referendum in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit earlier this week, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. said Friday.

Trump
Trump 'disagrees' with Putin offer to interview Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump "disagrees" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 election in exchange for permitting Russia to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes, the

Putin accuses U.S. forces of trying to ruin Trump summit outcome
Putin accuses U.S. forces of trying to ruin Trump summit outcome
  • World
  • 2018-07-19 14:54:10Z

By Andrew Osborn and Olesya Astakhova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S.-Russia ties anyway. Putin

The Latest: Senators aim to force vote on Russia resolution
The Latest: Senators aim to force vote on Russia resolution
  • World
  • 2018-07-18 20:49:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on continuing reaction to President Donald Trump's summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin (all times local):

Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll
  • US
  • 2018-07-18 00:38:15Z

Forty-two percent of registered voters said they approved of Trump's performance in office in the latest opinion poll, compared with a daily average of between 40 and 44 percent so far in July. The poll found that 55 percent of registered voters disapproved while 37 percent approved of his handling

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Economy

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.