Trump to stress defence spending by US allies at NATO summit

AP – November 15, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to attend a meeting of NATO leaders next month in London, where he will try to convince U.S. allies that they should increase defence spending.

Trump has long pushed those allies to reduce their reliance on the United States for security assistance.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham says that during the visit to London from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, the president and first lady Melania Trump will attend a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Grisham says Trump will also stress NATO’s readiness to respond to terrorist threats and cyberattacks that target infrastructure and telecommunications networks.

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