July 12, 2018 / 9:35 AM / 6 days ago

Trump says he wants shorter deadline for NATO spending targets - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump significantly toughened his tone on NATO defence spending at a summit on Thursday, singling out Germany, Spain and Belgium in a closed-door session in Brussels, two sources said.

Breaking from a carefully-scripted session to focus on Ukraine and Georgia, Trump “forcibly restated his position on wanting NATO members to reach 2 percent spending target to a short a deadline,” one source said, referring to a NATO goal.

Reporting by William James and Robin Emmott

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