June 9, 2015
Obama Again Urges Cameron to Keep NATO Defense Spending Commitment
Mr Cameron has not committed to the 2% benchmark beyond March 2016.
Any decision must "await Chancellor George Osborne's Spending Review in the autumn", he says....
Mr Osborne's demand last week for a further £500m in Ministry of Defence cuts has fuelled concerns that the UK may drop below the 2% level next year.
Following the talks between the two men at the Schloss Elmau castle in the Bavarian Alps, a Downing Street source said Mr Obama had "touched on" the issue of whether Britain would continue to meet the 2% target.
"The president underlined the importance of the UK and US as the two pillars of Nato, and said he accepted the fiscal challenge but hoped that the UK would find a way to meet it," said the source.
Asked if Mr Cameron had offered any assurances in response, the source declined to "give a running commentary", but said the PM had pointed to the numerous military operations around the world to which Britain has contributed.