U.S. President Donald Trump seemed to be highly skeptical of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), calling it ‘obsolete’. At other instances he referred to it as 'very important to me
'. Trump's defense chief, James Mattis, a former general in the Marines, has professed support for NATO. However, he too reprimanded NATO allies at a meeting of defense ministers this week in Brussels. They should pay their fair share for defense
or face the consequences.
NATO had agreed that each member country should invest at least 2 percent of its GDP into its military. As our infographic shows, the United States spends more than double the amount on defense than all other members combined. The United Kingdom spends second most in absolute terms and is also past the 2 percent of GDP post, unlike Germany.