NATO leaders are spending the second day of the summit moving on from President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism on Wednesday for not meeting military spending obligations and focus instead on ending the war in Afghanistan.
Trump spent the first day of the summit to highlight the problems of over half of NATO members not meeting the goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense.
Shortly after criticism, NATO leaders promised their “unwavering commitment” to increase defense spending, signing a declaration the states they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.”
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May tried to ease the tensions on Wednesday by announcing additional troops for NATO’s Afghan training mission, Reuters reported.
“We will be deploying an additional 440 personnel to NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and I think that shows when NATO calls, the UK is one of the first to step up,” May told reporters.
What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018