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Ahead of Summit, Trump Demands European Countries Pay More for NATO: It’s ‘Not Fair’

Donald Trump began his Monday by demanding European countries pay more into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as he believes the US spends too much to support the group and receives little in return — a talking point the president has repeated many times since the early days of his campaign.

“The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable. While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more. Germany is at 1%, the U.S. is at 4%, and NATO benefits,” tweeted Trump this morning. “Europe far more than it does the U.S. By some accounts, the U.S. is paying for 90% of NATO, with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment. On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the U.S., with big Trade Barriers on U.S. goods. NO!”

Trump made the remarks in preparation for the Brussels NATO summit this week, as well as a coming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate. At this meeting, European countries are expected to push-back against the president’s anti-NATO remarks, while Trump will likely continue his fight for other nations to pay more into the group in person.

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