President Trump suggested NATO leaders increase their defense spending to 4%, which is doubling the 2% target that many NATO countries have yet to meet.
“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 confirmed in a statement.
Sanders said Trump "raised this same issue" at NATO last year.
"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations," Sanders said.
However, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wouldn't say if Trump asked for 4% contributions.
"I will focus on what we have agreed, and we have agreed on 2%, so let’s start with that. We have a ways to go, but the good news is that we have started," Stoltenberg told reporters.
Important to note
In 2010, the US spent 4.81% of its GDP on defense. But that percentage has trailed off in recent years. Last year, the US spent 3.57%.