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Trump sends letters to NATO allies demanding more defense spending

Trump holds up a finger while speaking to Angela Merkel
President Trump gestures toward German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit. Photo: Christian Minelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images

President Trump sent letters to several NATO allies, including Germany, Belgium, Norway, and Canada, last month criticizing them for not spending the required 2% of their GDP on defense, and warning that the U.S. is growing frustrated with member countries for not meeting their part of the agreement, reports the New York Times' Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

Why it matters: Tensions between the U.S. and some of its closes allies are on the rise following last month's G7 summit. And next week, Trump and allied leaders will meet again for a NATO summit in Brussels, where several officials from member countries worry that Trump will undercut the alliance's shared values by criticizing them for not meeting their spending commitments.