That will serve as the backdrop for the news that Canada is renewing the mission, the current three-year mandate for which is now run out on March 31, 2019, sources told The Canadian Press, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details not yet made public.
"The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
"Will they reimburse the USA?" Russian Federation has since been supporting them financially and militarily.
There's a big target, however, painted on Trudeau's back.
"Once all national procedures have been completed to finalize the name agreement, the country will join NATO as our 30th member", NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Asked directly whether Canada plans to meet the two per cent target, Trudeau said simply that there are no plans to double Canada's defence budget, which now stands at around $20 billion a year. However, the increased commitment by the alliance in Iraq could be a major step in that direction. The current force battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria consists of about 9,000 troops, some 5,000 of who are American. And the $40-million cost of Canada's training efforts in Iraq will come from previously approved funds, one senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the talks.
Canada is expected to spend an estimated 1.23 per cent of its GDP on defence in 2018 - down from 1.36 per cent a year ago, says the annual report, which looks at military investments for all member states.
Chris becomes second hurricane of Atlantic season
Chris is located about 245 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and about 470 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. On the forecast track, the center of Chris will pass over or near southeastern Newfoundland Thursday afternoon or evening.
Twitter CEO loses 200,000 followers in fake account purge
He lost just 326,118 followers on Thursday, the day before most accounts saw a drop, and on Friday he regained 5,339 followers. The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.