The President of the United States Donald trump during the NATO summit in Brusselization colleagues from other countries of the Alliance that should have been aspiring to spend on defense 4% of GDP, according to Sky News, citing an unnamed representative of the White house.
Currently, NATO countries confront the task of ensuring defence spending at the level of at least 2% and not 4% of GDP.
At the same time, Bloomberg reports that trump’s proposal to increase defense spending to 4% of GDP, said the President of Bulgaria, rumen Radev.
“President trump, who said, raised the question today about how to not only reach 2%, but to set a new target of 4%. He left right after he announced it,” said R. Radev.
White house spokesman Sarah Sanders has confirmed to Agency the associated press that trump has put forward the idea of increasing military expenditures of countries-members of NATO to 4% of GDP during the meeting behind closed doors with participants of the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday.
According to estimates of NATO, the 15 members of the Alliance, that is a little more than half will be able to reach the level of military spending at 2% of GDP by 2024, as previously agreed.
It is unknown what the term trump wants to this increase in defense spending from its NATO allies.