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Trump: Nato states to increase defence funding

  • Mr Trump wants this to happen sooner, and has previously urged Nato allies to commit at least 4% of GDP.
    The president has been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the US pays more than others. Mr Trump wants this to happen sooner, and has previously urged Nato allies to commit at least 4% of GDP.
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US President Donald Trump says Nato countries have agreed to increase their military spending.

Speaking after a two-day summit in Brussels, he said allies had committed to spending more than 2% of their annual output (GDP) on defence budgets.

The president has been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the US pays more than others.

After the meeting, he said he believed in Nato and it was "presently unnecessary" to consider quitting it.

In 2014, all Nato members agreed to increase their defence spending to 2% of their GDP by 2024.

Mr Trump wants this to happen sooner, and has previously urged Nato allies to commit at least 4% of GDP.

"We made a tremendous amount of progress today," he said. "It has been really amazing to see the level of spirit in that room."

He said Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg had given "total credit" to him for the increased spending, which he said he instigated during his first Nato meeting last year.

Mr Stoltenberg has yet to comment.

After the summit, President Emmanuel Macron denied any increases had been made to the existing goal, according to the Associated Press.

He referred to a joint communiqué that was published the day before. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024. That's all," he said.

He said France would commit to this figure and deadline, but he was unconvinced by proposals to increase it to 4%.

Reuters