Trump calls on Nato member nations to increase military spending to counter-terrorism
US President Donald J. Trump has asked Nato member nations to increase their share of military spending to counter global terrorism.
Trump said that Nato must focus on terrorism, immigration, threats from Russia and those along Nato's eastern and southern borders in the future.
According to Trump, the US has spent more on defence compared to all other Nato countries combined over the past eight years.
Of the 28 member nations, 23 are still not paying their 'fair share', he said.
Trump said: “This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the US, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years.
“If all Nato members had spent just 2% of their GDP on defence last year, we would have had another $119bn for our collective defence and for the financing of additional Nato reserves.”
Trump also warned that even 2% GDP contribution from the member nations is not enough to close the gaps in modernising, readiness and the size of forces.
He further added: “We have to make up for the many years lost. 2% is the bare minimum for confronting today's very real and very vicious threats.
“Wherever they exist in our societies, we must drive [terrorists] out and never ever let them back in. This call for driving out terrorism is a message I took to a historic gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders across the region, hosted by Saudi Arabia.”
Condemning the recent attack in Manchester, Trump said ‘terrorism must be stopped in its tracks’.
The ISIS-claimed Manchester attack killed at least 22 people and injured close to 120 others, according to published reports.