Trump pressures NATO members to spend 2% of GDP on defense ‘immediately’

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Stoltenberg estimated European allies and Canada will add $266 billion to their military spending by 2024 and said "this is really adding some extra momentum", apparently meaning Trump's pressure.

Lastly, as the president meets with Russian President Putin in Finland, I hope that he will take it as an opportunity to push back against increased Russian aggression toward the West.

As Utah's member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Europe and Eurasia Subcommittee, I am hopeful to see a few things happen during President Trump's historic visit to Europe.

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".

In a bid to avoid a row, Stoltenberg replied: "Nato is an alliance of 29 nations and there are sometimes differences... It makes it hard for Trudeau to do something because a certain group of Canadians will be saying, 'Oh you're just kowtowing to Trump, '" he added.

"Because we understand that when we stand together, also in dealing with Russian Federation, we are stronger", Stoltenberg said.

Trump did refrain from directly questioning NATO's objective or tearing up a joint communique, as he did during the G7 summit, so fears of the United States president unilaterally bringing the alliance to an apocalyptic end were avoided. "The President set American back this morning".

Obama even called out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the issue when he addressed Parliament in June 2016.

TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood has more. "They're just making Russian Federation richer".

Trump said it was "very inappropriate" that the USA is contributing to the defence of Europe when one of its richest countries is supporting a major energy project with Moscow.

Despite the harsh criticism of the president, Kerry agreed that United States allies need to increase their defense spending. "There are better ways to assess who is actually contributing", the former fighter pilot said in an interview with CBC News on Wednesday.

As NBC News' Peter Alexander points out, "Even the USA doesn't spend 4%. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

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"But I have to bring it up because I think it's very unfair to our country, it's very unfair to our taxpayer", he said.

"Appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many". "The two per cent is just one of the ways you can look at it". The U.S. spent 3.6 percent previous year.

"That's a lot of money to put into the military".

"What we have here is an alliance of necessity, not necessarily a love relationship", said Gienow-Hecht, whose university was established with American support in West Berlin during the Cold War.

Robertson said he has sympathy for the government's argument.

Lawmakers in the USA seemed to break with the president's attacks, issuing their support for the decades-old organization.

Arriving in Brussels, he said it was "totally inappropriate" that Germany was paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for oil and gas while spending little over 1% of its GDP on defence.

The NATO summit is usually a chance for member nations to reaffirm their commitment to an alliance that focuses on Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine and other world hotspots.

At issue, the disparity in defense spending; Kevin Corke reports from Brussels, Belgium.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told NPR on Wednesday that Trump makes a fair point that Germany should spend more but is not the first US president to urge that.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization chief Jens Stoltenberg wants leaders to agree to fund Afghan security forces until 2024, despite public fatigue in Western countries about their involvement in the conflict. Christine Whitecross, the commandant of the NATO Defense College in Rome, and Lt. -Gen.

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