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Trump urges NATO members to double its military spending to 4% of their GDP

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Trump urges NATO members to double its military spending to 4% of their GDP

REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
Trump chided NATO members for failing to reach a target of spending 2% of national income on defense.
Trump said he would prefer a goal of 4%, similar to US levels.
The proposed increase would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2% by 2024 or later.
BRUSSELS - NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond US President Donald Trump's demands for higher defense spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions.
On a trip that will also take Trump to Britain and to Helsinki to meet Russia's Vladimir Putin, the president spent the first day of the NATO summit lambasting allies for failing to spend the targeted 2 percent of GDP on defense and accused Germany of being a prisoner to Russian energy. See the rest of the story at Business Insider NOW WATCH: Trump pitched peace to Kim Jong Un with this...

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