US News Trump 'demands Britain pumps more money into defence' amid Whitehall battle over funding

12:31  14 june  2018
12:31  14 june  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Donald Trump is demanding Britain pumps more money into the Nato alliance amid a Whitehall battle over spending on the military. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is using pressure from the White House to highlight demands on Britain 's military to the Treasury.

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Donald Trump (pictured in Singapore on Tuesday) is demanding Britain pumps more money into the Nato alliance amid a Whitehall battle over spending on the military © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Donald Trump (pictured in Singapore on Tuesday) is demanding Britain pumps more money into the Nato alliance amid a Whitehall battle over spending on the military Donald Trump is demanding Britain pumps more money into the Nato alliance amid a Whitehall battle over spending on the military. 

The US President has renewed demands for allies to step up and contribute more to Nato amid fears he could withdraw support if members do not meet targets of spending 2 per cent on defence.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is using pressure from the White House to highlight demands on Britain's military to the Treasury. 

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Mr Williamson needs extra spending to deliver a defence modernising programme, The Times said today, and is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond for cash.

Theresa May et al. sitting at a table: Theresa May (pictured in Downing Street last night) is due to use the Nato summit to outline Britain's defence plans before she hosts Mr Trump for the first time © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theresa May (pictured in Downing Street last night) is due to use the Nato summit to outline Britain's defence plans before she hosts Mr Trump for the first time

Billions has been spent on new equipment, including the huge Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and state of the art F-35B fighter jets - leaving huge pressure on the wider budget. 

The row comes ahead of a major Nato summit next month, from which Mr Trump is due to travel to the UK for his first visit as President.

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Theresa May is due to use the summit to outline Britain's defence plans before she hosts Mr Trump.

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A Government source said: 'They will want the prime minister to be able to give a very clear direction of what the UK is bringing to the table.

a large ship in a body of water: Buying the new aircraft carriers (HMS Queen Elizabeth is pictured off Cornwall on Tuesday) has put pressure on the wider defence budget © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Buying the new aircraft carriers (HMS Queen Elizabeth is pictured off Cornwall on Tuesday) has put pressure on the wider defence budget

'There is a feeling that the Americans expect more from the UK as a partner of choice.'

Military officers and civil servants have spent six months reviewing defence spending after Mr Williamson successfully pulled the Ministry of Defence out of a wider security review to battle for more funding.

a jet in the grass: Billions has been spent on new equipment, including the huge Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and state of the art F-35B fighter jets (file image) - leaving huge pressure on the wider budget © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Billions has been spent on new equipment, including the huge Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and state of the art F-35B fighter jets (file image) - leaving huge pressure on the wider budget

He is thought to want an extra £2billion a year to meet 2015 plans for the size and strength of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

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Prince Harry's comments are likely to be interpreted as support for the military in the face of planned Whitehall savings amid a projected £20billion shortfall over the next The Modernising Defence Programme instigated by Gavin Williamson will have to come up with more funding for defence .”

Comes amid major calls from many defence experts for money to be spent bolstering Britain 's Armed Forces. Whitehall sources said the Chancellor would discuss Mr Williamson’s push for a larger MoD budget after he gave the head of the Army, General Sir Nick Carter, permission to spell out the

A source said: 'We are facing a profound moment for Britain and its place in the world and signalling whether or not post-Brexit we are going to be an ambitious, leading nation or one that is going in retreat.'

But amid concern the plans will not deliver, a defence source told The Times: 'Everyone believes it is a damp squib.

'We have been here before. It is going to be the famed fudge as it always is.'

A spokeswoman for the MoD said: 'The defence secretary launched the modernising defence programme to strengthen our armed forces in the face of intensifying threats and we have been consulting widely.

'Any talk on the outcome is pure speculation before we share our headline conclusions.'

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