Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg agreed that all members of the alliance should bring their military spending to 2% of GDP. This is stated in the White House’s statement on Friday following the talks of the parties held on Thursday.
The Secretary-General hailed the commitment of the United States to NATO and President Trump’s desire to better distribute military spending among the alliance’s members, reporting historic progress in increasing defense budgets More than $100 billion since the president took office in 2017, the document says. “Donald Trump and the Secretary General agreed that all NATO allies should meet the 2% GDP defense spending target and protect their critical infrastructure by ensuring that the 5G network is allowed only reliable and reliable providers of telecommunications services and equipment.
Trump and Stoltenberg also “discussed priorities ahead of the NATO summit in London,” which will be held on December 3-4.
At the NATO summit in Wales in 2014, all European countries pledged to bring their military spending to 2% of GDP within 10 years. According to financial statistics published in March in Stoltenberg’s latest annual report, by 2024 a number of the leading European states of the alliance, in particular Germany, will not reach the cherished figure.
Germany says it is ready to raise its military spending to a maximum of 1.5% of GDP by 2025. Trump criticizes the German authorities for this.