atynews.com – United States President Donald Trump is demanding NATO member states to increase defense spending by up to two percent of their gross domestic product (GDP).
Reported by Reuters on Thursday (12/07/2018), This was delivered by Trump at the NATO summit in Belgium yesterday.
Indeed, Trump’s hard request has been often catapulted to NATO member countries. Last month he also demanded Germany the same thing.
Trump has publicly criticized NATO allies since becoming President of the United States in January 2017. Ahead of the 29-member military alliance summit in Brussels, Trump writes tweets about NATO funding.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement that if NATO members had agreed to raise their defense spending by two percent.
“All the allies increase defense spending.This year at least eight NATO countries have committed to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defense and the majority of our allies have plans to do so by 2024,” Stoltenberg said.
“For a quarter of a century many countries have cut billions from their defense budgets, now they are adding billions,” he said.
Stoltenberg said that in the coming years, NATO’s financial burden will be shared more evenly.