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Denmark to up military spending, PM says after Trump call
November 16, 2016 / 7:56 PM / 10 months ago

Denmark to up military spending, PM says after Trump call

Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark is ready to increase military and national security spending, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Wednesday after a phone conversation with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump criticised NATO allies during campaigning for the White House, saying they did not pay enough for their own defence and suggested the United States was paying a disproportionate amount.

Denmark spends about 1.2 percent of GDP on defence. NATO has set its members a target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence.

“The government is setting the stage for increasing spending on military and national security,” Rasmussen said in a statement after the phone call.

Rasmussen, whose one-party government only holds 34 of 179 seats in parliament, called the conversation with Trump “friendly and constructive” and stressed that Denmark was a close ally of the United States.

He noted that Denmark was contributing to the fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq.

“We need a strong United States that will head the free world. I feel convinced that the United States will also in the future take on this role,” Rasmussen said.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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