Mike Pence widens US rift with Europe over Nato defence spending
On first visit to Europe since taking office, US vice-president tells Munich conference Nato allies must step up their contributions
The US vice-president has delivered the most uncompromising message yet from the Trump administration to Nato allies that they have to step up financial contributions towards defence spending.
On his first visit to Europe since taking office, Mike Pence said “some of our largest allies do not have a credible path” towards paying their share of Nato’s financial burden. Although he did not name individual countries, his targets included Germany, France and Italy. “The time has come to do more,” he said.