Donald Trump made the contributions of NATO allies a part of his campaign, so it’s not surprising that when newly minted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addressed that organization, his comments leaned heavily on finances.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them.
How much are NATO members required to put into defense? There actually is no number. The 2 percent of budget statement that is often raised, is a guideline with neither penalties nor enforcement …read more
Source: Daily Kos