Thursday, 25 May 2017

President Trump tells Nato allies to pay up at Brussels talks

US President Donald Trump has told his Nato allies in Brussels that all members of the alliance must pay their fair share of defence spending.

"Massive amounts of money" were owed, he said, voicing a long-held US concern that others are not paying enough.

But Nato states' contributions are voluntary and a target of spending 2% of GDP on defence is only a guideline.

The alliance later agreed that member-states would report back annually on defence spending to Nato.

Again condemning Monday's bombing in Manchester, Mr Trump said terrorism must be "stopped in its tracks".
He called for a moment of silence in memory of the 22 adults and children killed in the "savage attack".

Before visiting Nato's new headquarters, which was formally opened at Thursday's gathering, Mr Trump met several EU leaders for the first time, including France's new President, Emmanuel Macron.

His first foreign tour as president will end on the Italian island of Sicily at a G7 summit on Friday.

BBC     News.