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Trump says U.S. ties to NATO 'very strong' - Source Politico

Posted on Jul 12,2018
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

President Donald Trump said NATO leaders had agreed to collectively increase their defense spending by at least $33 billion, apparently satisfying his demand. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Source Politico


WASHINGTON, DC. - President Donald Trump praised NATO on Thursday for making “tremendous progress” toward increasing the defense spending of member states, claiming victory after a contentious two days of meetings with leaders from members of the mutual-defense organization.

“The United States commitment to NATO is very strong, remains very strong, but primarily because everyone, the spirit they have, the amount of money they’re willing to spend, the additional money that they will be putting up has been really amazing to see it. To see the level of spirit in that room is incredible,” Trump told reporters at a press conference in Brussels on Thursday.

The Associated Press reported shortly after the press conference ended that French President Emmanuel Macron denied Trump’s claim that NATO allies have agreed to boost defense spending beyond previous targets.

Source Politico

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