Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

BRUSSELS (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has told NATO allies that they must start increasing defense spending by year-end or the Trump administration will "moderate its commitment" to them.
That's according to a text of his remarks to the alliance's 27 other defense ministers - who are meeting in Brussels.
He's not detailing how the U.S. might lessen its commitment if NATO members fall short.
Mattis is echoing a demand made repeatedly by President Donald Trump.
The Pentagon chief says NATO must adopt a plan this year that sets milestone dates for governments to meet a military funding goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product.

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