US President Donald Trump sent letters to eight NATO members cautioning them about not meeting their spending commitments , Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Friday. “I am not very impressed by this type of letter,” Michel told reporters on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels. “Belgium has halted the systematic fall in defense spending and takes part in a lot of military operations,” he added. Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands also received individual letters that were personally signed by the US leader, a diplomatic source told the AFP news agency. Trump took aim at Berlin and other European allies over NATO spending in comments to reporters on Friday. “Germany has to spend more money. Spain, France. It’s not fair what they’ve done to the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, however, said last week after a meeting with her US counterpart, Jim Mattis, that the US was satisfied with Germany’s projected defense spending. Germany’s NATO missions Germany’s role in NATO West Germany officially joined the trans-Atlantic alliance in 1955. However, it wasn’t until after reunification in 1990 that the German government considered… Read full this story
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