Following a series of US media reports on President Trump threatening to
leave NATO at the July summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
is emphasizing that the alliance “heard” Trump’s demands for spending
increases “loud and clear.”
To that end, Stoltenberg says that the alliance responded to Trump calling them “delinquent” by adding another $100 billion to their military spending over the course of the next two years.
Trump, of course, was demanding far more than that. During the summit, Trump not only echoed long-standing US demands to spend 2% of their GDPs on military, but upped the demand to 4%.
Stoltenberg wasn’t particularly clear where most of this new spending is coming from, but reports indicate that only about half of the alliance will be up to the 2% of GDP spending goal by the end of 2024.
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