Trump asks NATO to raise defense spending to 4%

Politics 7/11/2018, 5:47 PM
Trump asks NATO to raise defense spending to 4%

United States President Donald Trump asked members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday to raise the defense spending target from 2% to 4% of GDP. According to Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, cited by Bulgarian media, Trump "raised the issue not only the 2% to be attained as of today, but raised the barrier higher – at 4%" before leaving the summit in Brussels.

Meanwhile, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that 8 members of NATO committed to spending 2% of their GDP on defense this year, while the majority agreed to reach the 2% target by 2024. Asked by a reporter if the target should be raised, Stoltenberg replied the organization should focus on getting to 2% for the time being.

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