President Trump has made it a priority to make NATO members pay their fair share since taking office. He has been making progress and at a NATO meeting in London took an opportunity to call out Canada for being “delinquent.”
According to The Hill:
President Trump on Tuesday said Canada was “just slightly delinquent” for not meeting NATO’s spending target of 2 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Slightly delinquent, I would say, Canada. But they’ll be OK. I have confidence,” Trump said at a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of a NATO leaders meeting in London.
“Just slightly delinquent. Some are major delinquent. Some are way below 1 percent and that’s unacceptable. And then if something happens, we’re supposed to protect them and it’s not really fair,” Trump continued.
Trump has previously lashed out at NATO member countries for not meeting the alliance’s defense spending target of 2 percent GDP, accusing them of being “delinquent.” Trump has long pressed countries to spend more on defense and complained the United States contributes a disproportionate amount to the alliance.
Canada currently spends 1.4% of GDP on defense which is short of the target of 2%.