Trump Tells Nato Allies to Pay Up at Brussels Talks

تم نشره في Thu 25 May / May 2017. 12:00 AM
  • NATO officers saluting the flags - (Reuters)

CAPITALS — US President Donald Trump has told his Nato allies in Brussels that all members of the alliance must pay their fair share of defence spending.

"Massive amounts of money" were owed, he said, voicing a long-held US concern that others are not paying enough.

But Nato's current spending target of 2% of GDP on defence is not due to be met until 2024.

Again condemning Monday's bombing in Manchester, Mr Trump said terrorism must be "stopped in its tracks".

He called for a moment of silence in memory of the 22 adults and children killed in the "savage attack".

Before visiting Nato's new headquarters, which was formally opened at Thursday's gathering, Mr Trump met several EU leaders for the first time, including France's new President, Emmanuel Macron.

His first foreign tour as president will end on the Italian island of Sicily at a G7 summit on Friday.