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Trump stuns Nato with demand to double defence spending
July 11, 2018
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BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump shocked allies at a fraught Nato summit on Wednesday by suddenly demanding that members double their defence spending commitments.
 
Trump's surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a "captive" of Russia because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.
 
The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most difficult in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defence.
 
Nato allies agreed at their Wales summit in 2014 to try to spend two per cent of GDP on defence within 10 years, but the White House said Trump suggested that was not enough.