Trump: Nato states to up defence spending – BBC News


4 years presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the expense the tremendous expense for the United States and tremendous progress has been made everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment they’re going to puppet at levels that they’ve never thought up before prior to last year where I attended my first meeting it was going down the amount of money being spent and by countries was going down and down very substantially now it’s going up for a substantially and commitments were made only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that’s now change the commitment was at 2% ultimately that’ll be going up quite a bit higher than that so we are up we made a tremendous amount of progress today it’s been about at a minimum they estimate and they got to be giving you exact numbers but since last year they raised an additional 33 billion dollars that’s been put up by the various countries not including the United States and the United States commitment to Nato is very strong remains very strong but primarily because everyone the spirit the have the amount of money that willing to spend the additional money that they will be putting up has been really really amazing to see it to see the level of spirit in that room is incredible and I hope that we’re going to be able to get along with Russia I think that we probably will be able to the people in the room think so but they never the last they really stepped up their commitment and stepped it up like they never before so we picked up in an additional 33 that the number could actually be higher than 40 when they give you the final number the secretary-general Shelton Berg will be giving does number sometime today probably in his concluding press step but we are we are doing numbers like they’ve never done before or ever seen before and you’ll be seeing that and I guess you’ll be hearing that a little bit later okay we have our secretary of state as you know and we have John is here so if you have any questions for the three of us Mike Pompeo I just got back from my third trip as you know to North Korea’s become a to expert on the trips to the best way to get there the best way to get out and he gets along very well and he’s doing a great job over there yes
US President Donald Trump says Nato countries have agreed to increase their military spending.
Speaking after a two-day summit in Brussels, he said allies had committed to spending more than 2% of their annual output (GDP) on defence budgets.
The president has been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the US pays more than others.
After the meeting, he said he believed in Nato and it was “presently unnecessary” to consider quitting it.

US President Donald Trump has urged Nato allies to commit 4% of their annual output (GDP) to military spending – double the current target.
The White House confirmed he had made the remarks during the Western military alliance’s summit in Brussels.
The meeting also saw Mr Trump single out Germany for criticism over its defence spending.
Nato’s secretary-general said the main focus should be on all members reaching the current target of 2% of GDP.

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