President Donald Trump pressed NATO allies to double their commitment to defense spending Wednesday during a momentous opening to a two-day summit here.
Trump had already harshly criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations that have failed to hit a target of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense. On Wednesday, he upped the ante.
“During the president’s remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2% of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4%,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
“President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations.”