Trump calls on NATO members to meet defense payment obligations
During a speech on Thursday at a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels, US President Donald Trump called on the alliance's other members to "finally contribute their fair share" for defense. He said 23 out of the 28 members, including many that owe "massive" sums, are not doing so. Trump wants the other member states to boost their spending on NATO defense to two percent of their GDP. He did not state a position on Article 5 of the alliance's founding treaty that states an attack on one member is an attack on all members.
Also on Thursday, Trump issued a statement in which he slammed the "deeply troubling" US leaks from Britain's investigation of the Manchester bombing, calling them "a grave threat to national security". He said that he had ordered the Justice Department and other related agencies to investigate the matter and prosecute any culprits to the fullest extent of the law. The statement came ahead of his meeting at the NATO summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said in the morning that she would emphasize to Trump that "intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure."