UPDATED 12:44 PM PT — Tues. July 10, 2018
President Trump is in Brussels, where he is set to meet with NATO allies.
This comes amid the president’s ramped-up pressure on member nations to increase their contributions to the defense budget.
In a tweet Monday, the president stressed the majority of NATO allies have failed to meet their commitments to contribute two-percent of GDP to the budget.
Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
President Trump suggested such member states should reimburse the U.S. for being delinquent on their obligations for years.
This comes as only five members of NATO — the U.S., U.K., Greece, Estonia and Poland — have met their budget commitments to the alliance.
Last year, U.S. spending made up for 67-percent of the NATO budget.
President Trump stressed he intends to remodel the U.S.-European relations to end the unfair trade practices, and balance-out the transatlantic security cooperation.