In his first meeting with NATO allies Friday in Brussels, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said American commitment to the alliance remains strong, although he also told his European counterparts that their countries need to pay their fair share, according to the Gateway Pundit.
While Tillerson asked allies to denounce Russian aggression in Ukraine, he also asked them to ramp up military spending.
In 2014, NATO members agreed that each country’s target spending on defense should be 2% the size of their economies, but so far only 5 countries have complied to that target including the United States, according to Fox News.
Tillerson told NATO foreign ministers that President Donald Trump has made clear it’s no longer sustainable for America to carry the bulk of NATO’s defense expenditures.
The Secretary of State expects NATO members to come up with a plan in less than two months to address the spending issue.
The foreign ministers’ meeting comes ahead of a NATO leaders’ summit on May 25 that will be attended by President Trump.