VOA: Trump Declares NATO Victory With Spending Commitments From Allies12 July 2018 | 17:15 | FOCUS News Agency
"They have substantially upped their commitment and now we're very happy and have a very, very powerful, very, very strong NATO,'' Trump told reporters shortly before leaving Brussels for London to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth.
The U.S. leader gave no specifics on which countries had agreed to increase defense spending, but said several countries had cumulatively boosted defense spending by $33 billion in the last year.
"Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment," Trump said. "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before."
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said there was "a new sense of urgency" to increase military funding and credited Trump with "having an impact."
However, French President Emmanuel Macron said none of NATO's 29 member states had agreed to increase funding beyond the previously set target of 2 percent of the size of their national economies by 2024.
Trump said, "Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent.'' A day earlier, he suggested that NATO allies commit to spending 4 percent of their gross domestic product in the next six years. "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening," he said.Currently 5 of the NATO countries meet the 2 percent defense spending goal.
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