What if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members ignore Trump's call on spending?

Trump Reportedly Sent ‘Sharply Worded’ Letters to Merkel, Trudeau Pressing Them to Up Defense Spending

In pointed letters, Trump demands more defence spending from NATO allies

Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen said shared defense spending will be a key topic of next week's summit.

Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday evening in Berlin that Germany would eventually meet its financial obligations to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation while insisting at the same time that spending is not the only way to judge a nation's commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, an argument frequently heard from European countries.

"Germany made that commitment, and we expect the Germans to follow through", he added.

"We need more German trains, not German tanks", he said.

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When faced with the suggestion that such German explanations for not spending 2 percent of GDP yet might not make an impression on Trump, she retorted: "We don't want to impress anyone".

The report comes one week before Trump is set to depart for the NATO Summit in Brussels. NATO officials are concerned that trans-Atlantic divisions over trade tariffs and the USA pullout from the Paris global climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal could undermine alliance unity.

"It will, however, become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries do not share NATO's collective security burden while American soldiers continue to sacrifice their lives overseas or come home gravely wounded", Trump wrote to Merkel.

"The alliance is at a moment of high tension. something is new and unsafe", retired U.S. Adm. Jim Stavridis, who was NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe for four years, told Stars and Stripes in an interview. "What is different now is the obvious antipathy, which feels deeply personal, on the part of the USA president toward the alliance in general and some of the key leaders in particular". Michel, Belgium's prime minister, told reporters last week that he was "not very impressed by this type of letter".

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"Germany is our essential ally, our most important ally, but it seems like we are kicking them in the ass all the time", said retired Lt. Gen.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's office pointed to Canada's commitment 10-year commitment to grow funding to the department, which will see $32.7 billion in annual increases. "It also upholds our long-standing role as an active contributor to global peace and security", said Director of Communications Renée Filiatrault. It is about the size of national defense budgets only.

Merkel told lawmakers she welcomed increases already planned in military spending, but said it was "certainly not sufficient" when compared to the percentage of gross domestic product other countries spent on their defenses.

But the US spends more on defense than all the others combined - 3.61 percent of GDP in 2016, or around $664 billion.

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