The US President today criticised a majority of member countries for not contributing enough to defend the world during a speech at a NATO summit in Brussels.
Donald Trump said: “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations.
“But 23 of 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed be paying for their defence.
“This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.”
The graph below shows how only five out of 28 members of the military alliance meet the NATO spending requirement to spend at least two per cent of their GDP on defence.
Only five out of 28 members of the military alliance meet the NATO spending requirement
Only the UK, Poland, Greece and Estonia and the US are currently meeting the NATO spending requirement.
But 23 countries are failing to meet that target, with Canada, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Hungary among the nations barely reaching the one per cent mark.
Last year America spent 3.6 per of its GDP on defence, the highest ratio of any NATO member. The US currently funds around three-quarters of the alliance's operations.
Defence spending by Europe and Canada – but excluding the US – rose 0.6 per cent last year and is projected to have climbed by 3 per cent by the end of 2016.
NATO: Defence spending by Europe and Canada – but excluding the US – rose 0.6 per cent last year
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In the speech in Brussels today, Mr Trump said many of the NATO members currently failing to meet the requirement also "owe" money from past years.
He said: “Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in the past years.
“Over the last eight years the United States spent more on defence than all other Nato countries combined.
NATO countries' heads of states gather in Brussels
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NATO countries' heads of states and governments gather in Brussels for a one-day meeting
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May react during a ceremony at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels
“If all Nato members had spent just two per cent of their GDP on defence last year, we would have had another $119bn for our collective defence and for the financing of additional NATO resources.”