Trump presses NATO members to double defence spending Jul 12, 2018 0 350 12345 AFPBRUSSELSUS President Donald Trump shocked allies at a fraught NATO summit on Wednesday by suddenly demanding that members double their defence spending commitments.Trump's surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a"captive"of Russia because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most difficult in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defence.NATO allies agreed at their Wales summit in 2014 to try to spend two percent of GDP on defence within 10 years, but the White House said Trump suggested that was not enough."During the president's remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of two percent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to four percent,"White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said."The president raised this same issue when he was 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."Bulgarian President Rumen Radev confirmed that Trump had made the demand and asked what it meant for the future of the alliance that has been the bedrock of European security for 70 years."NATO is not a stock exchange where you can buy security. NATO is an alliance of sovereign countries united by strategic targets and common values,"he told reporters.All 29 NATO leaders including Trump backed a joint statement committing themselves to greater"burden sharing"and to the the alliance's founding commitment that an attack on one member is an attack on them all -- with no mention of the four percent.Trump arrived on the back of a barrage of criticism of Europe on issues ranging from trade to energy and above all his claims that the continent freeloads on the back of America for its defence. He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg."Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia,"Trump said, taking aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Sale of guillotine divides France Jul 12, 2018 0 447 Italy's Salvini calls for 'guarantees' before letting rescued migrants land Jul 12, 2018 0 690 Britain to fine Facebook over data breach Jul 12, 2018 0 358 NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks BRUSSSELS NATO on Wednesday invited Macedonia to start talks to join the alliance after Skopje reached a deal with Greece in a long-running row over the country's name. Alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said .. 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