“For years, the United States was being treated very unfairly by NATO — but now we have secured a $100 billion dollar increase in defense spending from NATO allies.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said last summer that NATO allies had spent $41 billion more toward defense since President Trump took office. He said in an interview with Fox News on Jan. 27 that NATO allies will have added $100 billion extra toward defense by the end of 2020.
Though Trump has taken it to new extremes, the effort to push NATO members to spend more on defense began before Trump took office. At the 2014 NATO summit in Wales, the Obama administration secured an agreement by member nations to aim to increase their spending on defense to 2 percent of GDP within 10 years.