Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there are ''many ways'' of evaluating NATO contributions beyond military spending. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on Friday (February 17) hit back against assertions by U.S. President Donald Trump that some NATO states weren't paying their fair due into the alliance. Speaking at a news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Trudeau said that although his country spent less than NATO's guideline of 2 percent of GDP on defence spending, that wasn't the only measure of worth. "The 2 percent target is one we all agreed to. But we also recognize that there are many ways of evaluating one's contributions to NATO. When you look at countries that regularly step up delivering troops, participating in missions, being there to do the heavy lifting in the alliance, Germany and Canada have always been amongst the strongest actors," Trudeau said. Trudeau also noted Canada was set to lead a mission in Latvia, part of a NATO buildup in the region.