NATO Secretary General and President Trump discuss preparations for July summit

  • NATO Secretary General and President Trump discuss preparations for July summit

NATO Secretary General and President Trump discuss preparations for July summit

President Trump is meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House Thursday, amid tense times for global relations.

"Germany must demonstrate leadership in the alliance by addressing its longstanding shortfall in defense contributions".

"We have some that don't - and, well, they'll be dealt with", the USA president said.

Trump also grumbled about Germany "buying massive amounts of gas from Russian Federation and paying billions and billions of dollars". Three European signatories to the pact - Britain, France and Germany - are continuing their support for the restraints on Tehran, even as Trump has contended the agreement does nothing to thwart Iran's ballistic missile tests or its military advances in the Middle East.

NATO Secretary General and President Trump discuss preparations for July summit

NATO's European allies have spent more on defense for a second consecutive year in 2017 but the majority of them still failed to meet the target of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense. He argued many nations aren't paying what they're "supposed to be paying", and that they'll "be dealt with" for it.

He did not elaborate what measures would be taken to ensure compliance. "No allies are cutting their budgets". In 2014, concerns about a more aggressive Russian Federation prompted members to agree that all alliance should hit the 2 percent target by 2024. NATO's top official also credited Trump with bringing a sense of heightened urgency to the issue. "We have to do more", Stoltenberg said.

Speaking after the meeting in the Oval Office, the Secretary General stressed that in an unpredictable world we need a strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Let me thank you for the leadership you show on the issue of defense spending because it is very important that we all contribute more to our shared security and it is really having an impact because, as you said, allies are now spending more on defense.