As Trump twists NATO’s arm, let’s run the math on defense spending


In 2017, the U.S. defense budget of $686 billion equaled 3.6 percent of GDP, by far the largest of any NATO member. The combined defense budgets of all other NATO members totaled $271 billion in 2017.

Because most NATO members are small countries, only ten members spent more than $10 billion.

To meet the 2 percent target, only four would increase their spending by $10 billion or more: Germany, Italy, Canada and Spain.

Source: As Trump twists NATO’s arm, let’s run the math on defense spending

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