Trump demands more NATO spend from Spain

Donald Trump.
Donald Trump. / Jim Lo Scalzo
  • The US president has reminded Pedro Sánchez of Spain's obligations on defence

The US president, Donald Trump, has written to the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, reminding him of his obligations on defence and the promise of former PM, Mariano Rajoy, to increase military spending to 2 per cent of GDP by 2024.

A letter also went to some other allied governments and came ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels next week.

Spain currently spends 0.92 per cent on defence, the third lowest percentage in NATO. Sánchez, and Rajoy before him, have said defence commitment cannot be measured in GDP terms alone.