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As He Leaves for Belgium, Trump Takes One More Shot at NATO Over Money

Early Tuesday morning, President Trump tweeted one more time attacking NATO allies over their contributions to the NATO budget.

“Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!” the President tweeted on Tuesday before six in the morning.

He followed up with a second tweet just a few minutes ago.

These jabs come just weeks after the G7 summit and subsequent international flaps over tariffs and the President’s trade wars, and just ahead of Trump’s upcoming one-on-one with Vladimir Putin.

Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison told Fox News that President Trump hitting the NATO members over spending is making an impact, and that they are increasing spending on their own defense.

But those allies are worried about Trump’s relationship with Putin and Russia. Reporting in a New York Times article on Monday will not help to ease their minds.

During a phone call with Mr. Putin in March, when the president was urged by aides not to congratulate the Russian president on his electoral victory, Mr. Trump did just that.

He told Mr. Putin that Russia and the United States should get along better. And he described as “stupid people” the unnamed Trump administration officials whom the Russian president said had tried to prevent the call from happening, according to a person with direct knowledge of the conversation.

The NATO summit begins on Wednesday.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.

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