Obama makes defence spending plea to Cameron

Posted On: 
8th June 2015

President Obama has urged David Cameron to maintain UK defence spending at 2% of its GDP.

The Prime Minister has not committed to upholding the 2% spend level beyond March 2016, an issue which was apparently “touched on” between a meeting of the two leaders as part of the G7 summit in Germany.

According to the BBC, a source said: "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."

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Mr Cameron told reporters in advance of the meeting: "I'll say exactly the same as what I'm saying now, which is we've kept our 2% promise - one of the few countries to do it - and we're having a spending review in the autumn and we'll announce the results at that time."