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Trump demands on defence spending prompt emergency NATO session

Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 6:40 am EST

BRUSSELS – Two officials at the NATO summit in Brussels say the alliance has held a brief emergency session amid demands from U.S. President Donald Trump for increased defence spending.

Trump renewed his pressure tactics on fellow NATO nations to increase their spending on Thursday, calling out U.S. allies on Twitter as he attended a second day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.

In a series of tweets from Brussels, Trump said “Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia.”

He complained the United States “pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe” and demanded that member nations meet their pledge to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, which “must ultimately go to 4%!”

Trump has taken an aggressive tone during the NATO summit, questioning the value of an alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defence spending.